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Aporophyllum hybrids or 'Rat Tail Cactus'

Aporophyllum hybrids or 'Rat Tail Cactus' (aporocactus flagelliformis) prefer a warm climate and grow well in hanging baskets.

Aporocactus (Aporophyllum hybrids) and Disocactus species have a trailing habit with long 'rat tail' like stems and large flowers on the stems and at the end. The trailing stems of aporocactus can reach 5 - 6 ft in ideal conditions.

It is most common to grow rat's tail cactus as houseplants where they are protected from frosts and can be sheltered from the hot sun of afternoon. The long hanging tails are a real feature and the wonderful pink flowers make a great display.


  • Propagation is similar to Epiphyllum


A number of named cultivars are very popuar including:

  • Aporophyllum 'Moonlight' with its glowing pale pink to peach colored flowers. Multiple rows of overlapping petals and a vigorous cultivar.
  • Aporophyllum 'Cascade', attractive pale red to pink flowers.

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You can find Aporophyllum for sale at the following nurseries

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