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Rhipsalis pilocarpa ~ Hairy Stemmed Rhipsalis, Wickerware Cactus

Rhipsalis pilocarpa is an epiphytic cactus from Brazil. The common name describes this plant well, Hairy Stemmed Rhipsalis. Rhipsalis pilocarpa will have more hairs than this indoor plant if planted in a better lit location. The Wickerware Cactus trails with narrow stems to 4 feet or more. Rhipsalis pilocarpa will turn red with more light or cooler temperatures. My outdoor temperatures dip to 18° F or below so this guy gets to stay indoors, they will survive down to 30°F. Rhipsalis pilocarpa is rare in the wild and becoming more so. Rhipsalis pilocarpa produces these beautiful small white flowers in the Spring. The Hairy Stemmed Rhipsalis is fairly easy to propagate, a cutting poked into well drained cactus mix or lava will do. Rhipsalis pilocarpa is pretty forgiving when the water doesn't come for a while but gets thread thin.

Rhipsalis pilocarpa, Hairy Stemmed Rhipsalis, Wickerware Cactus

White Flower on Rhipsalis pilocarpa - Hairy Stemmed Rhipsalis, Wickerware Cactus. High resolution photos are part of our garden image collection.