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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Category:

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Cactus and Succulents

Epiphytes

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers

Height:

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Pale Pink

Pink

Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Unknown - Tell us

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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

Regional

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

Sebring, Florida

Gardeners' Notes:

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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.