This plant is pet safe

We have researched this plant using reliable sources and it has been deemed non toxic to pets.

However, like anything that isn’t part of the natural diet, it may cause an upset tummy if eaten.

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Epiphyllum Anguliger Fishbone Zig Zag Cactus

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The Fish Bone Cactus is not your regular cactus. Unlike most cacti that dwell in desert-like environments, this vivid trailing epiphyte (a plant that grows in or on the trunks and limbs of other plants and trees) is native to the tropical evergreen forests of Mexico.

Found only in these forests high above sea level in warm humid environments.  The official name for this unusual cactus is Disocactus anguliger, some may still know it as Epiphyllum anguliger but after recent molecular research, the plant was reclassified into the cactus genus and family.  It also goes by the common names Fish Bone Cactus, Zig Zag Cactus, and Orchid Cactus. The first two names do a good job of describing the rich green jagged tendrils that burst out of the centre of the plant and hang down towards the ground. But it has been given the name Orchid Cactus because of the stunningly beautiful flower display it can produce.

Often cactus flowers are very impressive, they take a long time to form and when they do they don’t disappoint and this cactus is no different. Producing a large vivid star-looking flower that blooms with bright neon pink on the outside and a pale creamy white in the centre, it is well worth a quick internet search if you haven’t seen them before. But like most cactus flowers this is a short-lived experience with the flowers lasting a day maybe two at best. You will also need to be patient as the Fish Bone Cactus won’t start producing flowers until it reaches at least three years old.

Overall this plant is perfect for those who may not have the environment to house a dessert-style cactus but still want to be part of the club. This very forgiving plant can tolerate lower light conditions and a touch of neglect making it a great choice for beginners or those who often forget to water their plants but still want a touch of green in their homes.


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Epiphyllum anguliger also known as Fishbone cactus, is a species of cactus that is native to Mexico and Central America. It is a climbing cactus that can grow up to 20 feet long. It is known for its unique, narrow, flattened, ribbed and curved stems that resemble fishbones, hence the name.

The plant produces large, fragrant, white flowers that bloom at night. The blooms are long-lasting, lasting up to several days. Fishbone cactus is a popular choice for indoor cultivation, it can be grown in a hanging basket or trained to climb a trellis or other support.

Care Instructions:

Fishbone cactus requires bright, indirect light and should be protected from direct sunlight, which can cause the leaves to turn yellow. Watering should be done sparingly and only when the soil is completely dry. Overwatering can cause the roots to rot.


*The plant is not toxic to pets*

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