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PlantFiles: Rhipsalis
Rhipsalis pilocarpa

Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rhipsalis (RIP-sa-lis) (Info)
Species: pilocarpa (py-loh-KAR-puh) (Info)

Synonym:Erythrorhipsalis pilocarpa

12 members have or want this plant for trade.

Cactus and Succulents

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:
Pale Pink
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Fall
Late Fall/Early Winter


Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive BayAreaTropics On Apr 27, 2013, BayAreaTropics from Hayward, CA wrote:

This is eventually a good trailer..over 3' and some say 5'. I wouldn't doubt that. Its a hardy grower in the San Francisco bay area,long lived,and easy to care for. For best stem coloring it should get a few hours of sun or it will stay a standard green color. Does great mounted on tree branches. Mine is 20 years old..and has taken 28f with minor damage..30f caused none. If you can only have one Rhipsalis,..

Positive trackinsand On Jan 17, 2010, trackinsand from mid central, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

this is an easy to grow plant, indoors or outside year round if you live in a warm climate. i don't know how cold hardy it is as i bring mine in when the temps fall to 40 and below. beautiful small blooms throughout the winter and into spring. i mist mine frequently in summer but do nothing to it once fall approaches. i feed with osmocote and/or a light foliar feed.

i've found it to be thorn free and it is a blue gray in color, almost a slate color.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Hayward, California
La Puente, California
Brooksville, Florida
Umatilla, Florida
Winter Springs, Florida
Alvin, Texas

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