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PlantFiles: Coral Cactus
Rhipsalis cereuscula

Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rhipsalis (RIP-sa-lis) (Info)
Species: cereuscula (ker-ee-USK-yoo-luh) (Info)

Synonym:Hariota cereuscula
Synonym:Erythrorhipsalis cereuscula
Synonym:Rhipsalis cereuscula var. cereuscula
Synonym:Rhipsalis simmleri
Synonym:Rhipsalis penduliflora

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Cactus and Succulents

under 6 in. (15 cm)
6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)
6-9 in. (15-22 cm)
9-12 in. (22-30 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:
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Unknown - Tell us

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 woody stem cuttings
Allow cut surface to callous over before planting
From seed; direct sow after last frost

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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1 positive
1 neutral
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive jojoe70 On Dec 8, 2011, jojoe70 from Thomson, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

I got this plant from cuttings.They root very easily from cuttings or you can pot the shoots before they develop any new growth.It's a beautiful and interesting looking plant,easily cared for.Keep soil moist and keep it in filtered light to partial shade to full shade.I have had a lot of trouble finding much information on the care of the plant besides the basic's.

Neutral Xenomorf On Feb 19, 2006, Xenomorf from Valley of the Sun, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

More synonyms of this plant are Rhipsalis taglionis, Hariota saglionis & Rhipsalis brachiata.


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

Vista, California
Brooksville, Florida
Umatilla, Florida

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