While Poinsettias continue to be the main Christmas holiday present grow Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera bridgesii) are additionally extremely popular. Christmas Cacti are saved as a holiday grow since the 1800's. The first Christmas cactus was created by French botanist Charles Lemaire and also called after French horticulture collector, Frederic Schlumberger. Schlumbergera may be the proper botanical name though they're often known as Zygocactus, the former botanical name of theirs. The first hybrids had cherry red blossoms which bloomed throughout the Christmas season.