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Disocactus flagelliformis

Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Disocactus (dy-soh-KAK-tus) (Info)
Species: flagelliformis (fla-gel-ih-FOR-miss) (Info)

Synonym:Aporocactus flagelliformis
Synonym:Aporocactus flagriformis
Synonym:Aporocactus leptophis
Synonym:Cereus flegelliformis
Synonym:Cereus flagriformis

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Cactus and Succulents

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 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:
Sun to Partial Shade

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

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring

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Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
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 herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:
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3 positives
3 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive vnes On Aug 25, 2014, vnes from San Jose, CA wrote:

When I saw a photo of this cactus in bloom, I just had to have one. It's doing great hanging on my covered porch here in San Jose, Ca. Some of the "tails" have grown to about three feet long! looking forward to it blooming again next year.

Positive marino760 On Jul 21, 2013, marino760 from Victorville, CA wrote:

This plant makes a great low maintenance hanging basket for desert or hot summer areas. The blooms in the spring are a great extra, but even without the blooms, it's a very interesting plant that provides something other than just green foliage. It's much more cold tolerant than stated here. I live in zone 8b and it survived temps of 14 degrees last winter with some die back but it bounced right back in the spring.

Neutral tcfromky On Jan 13, 2007, tcfromky from Mercer, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:

As houseplant here of course. A friend of mine gave me a little nubbin less than a half inch long. I have it in a sunny spot in a little clay pot with a piece of clear plastic covering it, kind of like a mini greenhouse. I hope it anchors and grows.

Neutral Xenomorf On Apr 21, 2006, Xenomorf from Valley of the Sun, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

More synonyms of this plant are Aporocactus flagelliformis var. leptophis, Cactus flagelliformis, and Cereus leptophis.

Neutral morlie_ On Feb 12, 2006, morlie_ from Abbotsford, BC (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is by far the ugliest plant that I own. But... the most hardy, so I gave it the neutral rating. My mother gave this to me a few years ago, and it was almost dead. Now it is thriving in all of it's ugly glory. I'm not sure that it is warm enough here in winter, so the tails all go fat, skinny, fat, dead, skinny, dead, fat, etc.. And now this winter only it has started producing very skinny little tails that are sticking straight up from the soil level. And it has the beginnings of it's first flower! If I didn't have sentimental attachment it would have been gone long ago, as I believe it needs a more consistently warm climate.

Positive palmbob On Mar 25, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is a popular trailing cactus- great for hanging baskets. Develops long, trails of 1/2" (2cm) diameter cactus that blooms a hot pink flower in early spring (at least here in California).


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

Tucson, Arizona
Brea, California
Carlsbad, California
Clovis, California
Mountain View Acres, California
Perris, California
Pleasant Hill, California
Reseda, California
San Diego, California
San Jose, California
San Mateo, California
Valley Village, California
Nederland, Colorado
Brooksville, Florida
Tallahassee, Florida
Chicago Heights, Illinois
Mercer, Pennsylvania
Summerville, South Carolina
Broaddus, Texas
Dallas, Texas

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