Rose Cactus, Ora Pro Nobis, Pray-For-Us

Pereskia grandifolia

Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Pereskia (per-ESS-kee-uh) (Info)
Species: grandifolia (gran-dih-FOH-lee-uh) (Info)
Synonym:Rhodocactus grandifolius
Synonym:Cactus grandifolius
Synonym:Pereskia grandiflora
Synonym:Pereskia tampicana
Synonym:Rhodocactus tampicanus
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Cactus and Succulents

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)


USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

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:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade


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

Bloom Color:

Pale Pink



Fuchsia (Red-Purple)

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring




Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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

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


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

Chandler Heights, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona

Garden Grove, California

Los Angeles, California

Reseda, California

Tarzana, California

Tulare, California

Boca Raton, Florida

Bonita Springs, Florida

Deland, Florida

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Naples, Florida

Old Town, Florida

Orlando, Florida

Sarasota, Florida

Satellite Beach, Florida

Summerland Key, Florida

Sumterville, Florida

Zephyrhills, Florida

Angleton, Texas

San Antonio, Texas (2 reports)

Spring, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Nov 20, 2014, Mark_B from Garden Grove, CA wrote:

The foliage is just as impressive as its flowers, which are pink. Very well-suited for mild Southern California winters. And those rare occasions when we do get frost, the leaves remain unscathed. The plant flowers in the spring time, so be sure to fertilize on the last week of February, preferably with fish-based fertilizer (Salmon or Mackerel leftovers). Miracle Grow liquid fertilizer works well. If you have no other fertilizer, use kitchen scraps, like egg shells, leftover meat or fish, and bury it at least an inch below the soil surface.


On May 1, 2012, martenfisher from Crystal River, FL wrote:

I grow this plant in pots. I have a pink one and a purple one. They love to bloom and grow. The purple makes red fruits and the pink one makes green fruits.


On Sep 23, 2008, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have grown this plant for several years now. I got an 'innocent' cutting from a local cactus nut, about 2' long that was just a spiny piece of wood. Two years later the entire back of my planter was a massibe, spiny green wall of cactus over 10' tall and nearly as wide! This is a FAST-growing species! I have had to cut it back at least once a year. And let me tell you, this is a nasty plant to have to deal with. It has incredibly sharp, thin, long spines that penetrate any glove I have tried. And the spines radiate it all directions making it nearly impossible to handle (secret is grabbing it by the branch tips where the flowers and fruits are- no spines, yet). I have since grown my own cuttings off this and they are amazingly easy. Anyone want one? Flowers are an attractive pale... read more


On Sep 8, 2006, Xenomorf from Phoenix, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

Other common names are "Guamacho Morado, Quiabento & Sabonete.

More synonyms of this plant are Pereskia grandifolia subsp. grandifolia & Pereskia grandifolia var. grandifolia.


On Jun 24, 2004, corossol from Dobbs Ferry, NY wrote:

A great plant! Nearly indestructible. For 5-6 years I've had several I grew from seed. I can't really figure out a system to get it to bloom, but when it does, it goes crazy. Easy from seed, and can be propagated by cutting shoots and letting them sit in a jar of water. Some seedings have developed with spines, but others have none at all. This is a nearly foolproof houseplant.


On Jul 20, 2003, Monocromatico from Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil (Zone 11) wrote:

This is a cactus with (surprise!) broad leaves. A medium shrub, with thick but fleshy leaves and beautiful white, tan or pink flowers with lots of coloured stamens. The fruit is a curious structure, even with small leaves on it, looking more part of the stems than actual fruits.

The plant requires full sun and well drained soils, preferably rich neutral organic soils, but may tolerate acidic ones. The only remnants of "cactus" on this plant are the flowers and the tiny hairs around the foliar nodes (which, in common cacti, turns into a crown of spines around one or more bigger spines)

The leaves are used in green salads, or can be cooked. "Pray-For-Us" is the translation of its popular name in Brazil, though I dont know why it's called this.

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