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Succulents – Rattail Cactus

  • Rattail cactus 

Botanical name: aporocactus flagelliformis 

Average size at maturity: 3-7 ft in height and only about half of a ft in width 

Bloom time: spring, summer 

Hardy zone: zones 9-12

Flower color: pink/purple 

Foliage color: green 

Growth rate: grows no more than 1 ft per year 

Pruning needs: break up segments of new growth from the mother plant as needed to contain desired shape and size 

Landscape use: succulent garden, container plant, patio

Light needs: 6 hours of sun per day 

Special features: thrives in rock beds 

Water needs: allow soil to completely dry out between watering sessions 

Fertilizing needs: use a diluted cacti fertilizer after planting and repeat once a year in the spring

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