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PlantFiles: Lepismium
Lepismium cruciforme

Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lepismium (le-PIS-mee-um) (Info)
Species: cruciforme

Synonym:Rhipsalis cruciformis
Synonym:Hariota cruciformis
Synonym:Cactus cruciformis
Synonym:Lepismium cruciforme var. cruciforme
Synonym:Lepismium ramosissimum

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Cactus and Succulents

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade


Bloom Color:
Pale Pink

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring

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Other details:
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 softwood cuttings
Allow cut surface to callous over before planting

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive vossner On Jan 28, 2009, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Mine is planted in a hanging basket and surviving 30 deg. winter temps.

Neutral Xenomorf On Jun 22, 2006, Xenomorf from Valley of the Sun, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

The flower colors range from cream, yellow, pink or rarely magenta depending on the variety probably. This plant can also be propagated from seed.
Other synonyms are Lepismium commune, Rhipsalis ensiformis, Rhipsalis radicans var. ensiformis, Lepismium fluminense, Rhipsalis macropogon, Rhipsalis mittleri, Rhipsalis radicans, Hariota ramosissima, Rhipsalis brevibarbis, Hariota squamulosa, Rhipsalis squamulosa & Rhipsalis ramosissima.

Positive franj On Apr 25, 2006, franj from Tucson, AZ wrote:

The plant grows well in Tucsons climate provided you keep it somewhat shaded and provide a little extra humidity by misting with some distilled water now and then. It also appreciates a richer soil than desert cacti, but it should still drain well. Easily propagated by cuttings.


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

Tucson, Arizona
Carlsbad, California
La Puente, California
San Diego, California
Fort Myers, Florida
New Port Richey, Florida
Winter Haven, Florida
Richmond, Texas

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