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PlantFiles: Hybrid Epiphyllum, Orchid Cactus, Epicactus
Epiphyllum 'Dark Star'

Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Epiphyllum (ep-ih-FYE-lum) (Info)
Cultivar: Dark Star

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials
Cactus and Succulents

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

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

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade


Bloom Color:
Pale Pink
Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer

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Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
Allow cut surface to callous over before planting

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive James17 On May 27, 2012, James17 from Sebring, FL wrote:

This plant is a Hylocereus undatus Pitaya, Pitahaya, or Dragon Fruit cactus. It is not an Epiphyllum. This plant is grown for it's fruit and not it's flower which only blooms for one night. Unlike Epiphyllum plants that boom in the day strictly for their flower and do not produce fruit. As a Hylocereus this plant has a tremendous growth rate in temperatures above 80-90 degrees and can easily grow a foot a week. I just topped this plant and placed a trellis around it to hold the off-shoot growth which will give me bloom and fruit.


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

Sebring, Florida

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