Rhipsalis paradoxa - Chain Cactus - Statement Plants

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Rhipsalis paradoxa - Chain Cactus

An epiphytic cactus with very long chain-like branches that can grow to 5m or more in length. A super hardy, very low maintenance plant.

Filtered or dappled sun

Likes to stay moist

Well drained organic soil

Partly frost tolerant (see notes)

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  • Rhipsalis paradoxa is an unusual looking, epiphytic cactus, with long, chain-like stems that can grow to 5m in length. Small, white flowers bloom in early spring.

    The Chain Cactus, as it is commonly known, is exceptionally hardy and can tolerate long periods of neglect and will survive in low light conditions for some time.

    As with most epiphytic cacti, it prefers a well drained organic potting mix and a position out of direct sun. Keep moist in the warmer months and a little drier in winter.


    Chain Cactus, Chain succulent
    Hylorhipsalis paradoxa, Lepismium paradoxum

    Plant height 5-15cm before trailing
    Plant width Stems can grow to 5m or more in length
    Habit Epiphytic cactus, erect then pendant
    Growth Cycle Perennial
    Foliage Bright to dark green or reddish angled stems. Angles offset giving a chain-like appearance.
    Flower Small, white flowers
    Flowering time Summer
    Toxicity Non toxic. Safe around pets and children.