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Rat Tail Cactus

Aporocactus flagelliformis

Also known as

Rat’s Tail Cactus, Rattail Cactus

Rat Tail Cactus (Aporocactus flagelliformis) 1 by Mokkie (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Tender

11b

USDA zone

7°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

60cm

Max

50cm

10cm

Min

10cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

More images of Rat Tail Cactus

An Aporocactus flagelliformis Rat Tail Cactus plant in flower
A close up of a pink Aporocactus flagelliformis Rat Tail Cactus plant flower
A photo of Rat Tail Cactus

Rat Tail Cactus Overview

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.

Common problems with Rat Tail Cactus

How to propagate Rat Tail Cactus

Cuttings

By stem cuttings.

Seed

Seed.

Special features of Rat Tail Cactus

Attractive flowers

Pot plant

Indoor plant

Other uses of Rat Tail Cactus

Grown as a houseplant in temperate areas. Hanging baskets.