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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.
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How to propagate Rat Tail Cactus
By stem cuttings.
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Other uses of Rat Tail Cactus
Grown as a houseplant in temperate areas. Hanging baskets.