This epiphytic cactus is fun and easy to grow! The fishbone cactus produces long, zig zag shaped foliage that results in a lovely sculptural effect. The funky leaves grow up and out, eventually becoming long enough to trail downward. Mature plants produce fragrant white flowers in summer, however, because this is a night blooming cactus, the flowers open only at night and close by morning. Native to Mexico and Central America.
It’s always best to refer to a plant’s botanical classification for proper identification. The fishbone cactus has been reclassified as the genus and species, Disocactus anguliger. Its common names include “ric rac”, “zig zag”, and “fishbone” cactus. Those are the same common names used for another plant with similar foliage; Selenicereus anthonyanus (previously known as Cryptocereus anthonyanus). The overlapping use of the same common names is a source of great confusion when it comes to plant identification.
Looks great grown in containers and hanging baskets. Perfect for growing on a lightly shaded deck, patio, or porch during warm weather. Can be grown outdoors in the summer and brought back inside when temperatures are expected to fall below 50°F (10°C). Can be grown outdoors year-round in frost-free climates, in a pot or in the ground.