Rat Tail Cactus

Aporocactus flagelliformis

rat’s tail cactus, Rattail Cactus

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A close up of a Rat Tail Cactus plant Aporocactus flagelliformis in a pot
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Aporocactus flagelliformis is a perennial cactus species in the Cactaceae family. Commonly known as Rat Tail Cactus, this refers to the long stems this plant forms, branching near the base. It is well known by an older name, Disocactus flagelliformis. The stems are covered in short, bristly spines coloured yellow-brown, aging to a grey shade. This plant is frequently grown as an attractive ornamental, doing best in bright, indirect sunlight and a well-draining soil mix. The red-pink flowers are between 7-10cm in length and they open for a short period, usually only a few days. The flowers have white-pink stamens in the centre and lead onto rounded fruits. This species has earnt a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit.
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Special features

Attractive flowers

Pot plant

Indoor plant

Special features

Origin

Mexico

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Personality

Family

Cactaceae

Flower colour

Pink, Red
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