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PlantFiles: Hybrid Epiphyllum, Orchid Cactus, Epicactus
Epiphyllum 'Pegasus'

Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Epiphyllum (ep-ih-FYE-lum) (Info)
Cultivar: Pegasus
Hybridized by Coolidge

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials
Cactus and Succulents

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 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

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

Bloom Color:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)
Fuchsia (Red-Purple)

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring


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

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
Allow cut surface to callous over before planting
By simple layering

Seed Collecting:
Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Xenomorf On Jul 25, 2005, Xenomorf from Valley of the Sun, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

This Epiphyllum Hybrid (Epicactus Hybrid) was introduced by Coolidge Rare Plant Nursery. The blooms can be 8 inches wide and open in late spring. Epiphyllums do not have herbaceous stems, they are propagated by woody stem cuttings. Epiphyllums have "leaf-like" stems, but have no leaves (foliage).
Epiphyllums are not related to Orchids at all. The common name "Orchid Cactus" is archaic. Most Epiphyllum organizations are now using "Epiphyllum Hybrid & Epicactus Hybrid".


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

Alhambra, California
Cypress, California
Naples, Florida
Alvin, Texas

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