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Fishbone Cactus

Disocactus anguliger

Also known as

Zig Zag Cactus, Orchid Cactus, Epiphyllum anguliger

Epiphyllum anguliger flowering profile by Zapyon (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Shade
Moderate care
Moderate watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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A pot grown plant of Epiphyllum anguliger, the Fishbone Cactus, showing its serrated long green leaves.
A photo of Fishbone Cactus
A photo of Fishbone Cactus
A photo of Fishbone Cactus

Fishbone Cactus Overview

Disocactus anguliger is commonly known by the names Fishbone Cactus or Zig Zag Cactus after its characteristic fishbone-shaped, zig-zagging foliage. It was also well known by the name Epiphyllum anguliger, however it was recently reclassified and is now included in the genus Disocactus. It forms long woody stems with succulent, flattened, smooth and green leaves measuring between 3-5cm wide. The leaves are deeply lobed leaves and can reach 20-30cm in length. Lobes are rounded to rectangular and this species produces 6-20cm long, yellow or white, nocturnal and sweetly scented blooms. This succulent species originates from Mexico and is commonly grown as an ornamental plant both outdoors in frost-free climates and also indoors as a popular houseplant. This plant is epiphytic and thus grows without the need for soil substrate, it's naturally found in tropical forests, growing in the forks of tree branches or in rock crevices where enough humus has accumulated to retain moisture.

Common problems with Fishbone Cactus

How to propagate Fishbone Cactus


Detach 10-15 cm stem segments in spring and place upright in moist potting mix. Stem cuttings root easily, but you may wait a few years to see many blooms on a new plant.

Special features of Fishbone Cactus

Drought resistant

Fleshy stems store water for dry spells.

Indoor plant

Bright indirect sunlight is suitable indoors.

Pot plant

Perfect for hanging pots. Repot every 2-3 years, moving up to a pot 1 size larger. Wait till early spring to repot, never while it's blooming.

Attractive flowers

Attractive leaves


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