Flowering Cactus

I inherited this unidentified plant from my grandmother many years ago and have only witnessed its bloom twice.ย  It froze a few years ago and almost died, but it has made a come back and is rewarding me this year with two blooms.
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Its not the most attractive hanging plant, but its blooms make it worth keeping around.
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Can anyone help me with its identity?

Comments

  1. It almost looks like a Christmas cactus I have.

  2. Mid-Atlantic Martha says:

    It does sort of look like a droopy Christmas cactus. I’ve never seen anything like it. But then, I’m horrible with house plants.

  3. Mid-Atlantic Martha says:

    It does sort of look like a droopy Christmas cactus. I’ve never seen anything like it. But then, I’m horrible with house plants.

  4. Amanda @ Serenity Now says:

    I think it is a Christmas cactus. My mom had those when I was growing up! Pretty blooms. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Keetha Broyles says:

    It’s unanimous – – – it’s a Christmas Cactus.

  6. I’ll go with Christmas Cactus since I don’t have a clue ๐Ÿ™‚

    It was definitely worth the wait just to see those two blooms…they are beautiful Paula! Wow!

  7. ShannonPinNOLA says:

    Well, since it’s sort of like a Christmas cactus, but is only now blooming, I’m going to christen it an Easter cactus. Very pretty.

  8. Miss Char says:

    Yup, I vote for Christmas Cactus too Paula. I think you could cut it way back, it may be using all its energy with the size of the long arms rather than flowers.

  9. Carpe Noctem says:

    I have a cactus that looks very much like yours. I agree it has some resemblance to the Holiday Cactus… The Schlumbergera cactus. But the Christmas cactus have stems which resemble leafs in the shape of pads that are joined together in a chain fashion.

    The plant you are showing looks like mine, from the Epiphyllum genus. Also called Orchid Cacti. But because of the shape and the color of the flower I would have to say it is most likely something else.

    Have a look at the Disocactus phyllanthoides species. It might very well be an Epiphyllum hybrid too.

  10. It’s called an Orchad Cactus. Like you said not much to look at when not in bloom but when in bloom it’s stunning ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. http://phsblog.org/tag/pond-lily-cactus/ here is a web site with a pic of an Orchid Cactus…but just punch in Orchid Cactus in the search images and you will come up with some great pics of this plant. I have one and love it but when I first received it I thought it was the ugliest plant I had ever seen….then it bloomed and I fell in love ๐Ÿ™‚ I have been cutting slips and putting them all in the same pot to make a much fuller plant. It grows quite long also.

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