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Schlumbergera russelliana is often confused with:
Schlumbergera truncata Schlumbergera truncata
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Schlumbergera truncata Schlumbergera truncata
Salvia rosmarinus Rosmarinus officinalis
Fuchsia x hybrida Fuchsia x hybrida

Shrimp Cactus Schlumbergera russelliana

Previously known as:

  • Epiphyllum russellianum
  • Schlumbergera bridgesii
Phonetic Spelling
shlum-BER-ger-uh rus-sel-lee-AY-nuh
Description

Thanksgiving or Christmas Cactus has leafless green stems which act as leaves to photosynthesize. The stems are composed of flattened segments that vary in length from 0.5 to 1.5 inches long and 1/2 to 3/4 inch wide. A few notches occur along the edges of these segments. Areoles with 1-2 bristles appear at these notches and at the ends of stems from which flower buds appear. The showy flowers come in shades of pink and have a "flower inside a flower" look. They are native to coastal mountains in SE Brazil and usually grow in trees as an epiphyte in rain forests. 

Most of the plants sold in stores today are hybrids of S. russelliana and S. truncata. The hybrid type determines when it will bloom. There are over 200 cultivars of these plants which give a variety of flower colors.

Plant in light soils and give it bright light. Provide moisture but do not overwater. They will do best if given time outdoors in the summer through fall. The shorter cooler days of fall will help induce flower budding. 

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Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#showy flowers#fall flowers#white flowers#container plant#succulent#pink flowers#red flowers#epiphytic#hanging baskets#house plant#winter flowers#Christmas decorations#non-toxic for horses#non-toxic for dogs#non-toxic for cats
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#showy flowers#fall flowers#white flowers#container plant#succulent#pink flowers#red flowers#epiphytic#hanging baskets#house plant#winter flowers#Christmas decorations#non-toxic for horses#non-toxic for dogs#non-toxic for cats
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Schlumbergera
    Species:
    russelliana
    Family:
    Cactaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    S.E. Brazil
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Epiphyte
    Succulent
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Arching
    Erect
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Medium
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
    Soil Texture:
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Description:
    The fruit is yellow-green with 4-5 ribs
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Head
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Winter
    Flower Shape:
    Tubular
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    1.5 to 2-inch terminal flowers hang downward and have stamens protruding from the back-swept petals in shades of pink, red, purple, yellow and white.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    No leaves
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Surface:
    Smooth (glabrous)
    Stem Description:
    Segmented flattened green stems with scattered notches along the edges. Margins can be crenate to serrate. Stems tend to arch downward as they grow in length and flower. Bases can become woody with age. The stem is capable of photosynthesis.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Hanging Baskets
    Houseplants