Schlumbergera truncata ‘White’
This photo is of a White Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera truncata ‘White’). The plant (also called a Zygocactus, Crab Cactus, or a Yoke Cactus) is actually a THANKSGIVING Cactus! For a complete description of the differences between the holiday cacti, Thanksgiving Cactus, Christmas Cactus, and Easter Cactus, visit the article by Eileen Loan on the KWWL website here. But, because this is the cactus that most commonly blooms on Christmas, we will call it by its common (if inaccurate) name.
White Christmas Cactus
The blooms on the Schlumbergera truncata are often red, purple, orange, pink and cream. Our’s is white with a pink/purple tinge.
The plant is easy to maintain but may require some special instructions to force it to bloom on Christmas day. The Missouri Botanical Garden website has a wealth of information about growing these plants, including how to force the blooms. You can visit their site here.
Here is a gallery of photos of our Christmas Cactus:
I hope these photos have brightened your Christmas just a little. It has been a joy to us. Thanks to our neighbor who gave it to us!