Old Man’s Beard

Rhipsalis capilliformis


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The Rhipsalis genus has over 60 species native to South America. Most are epiphytic (that is, they live in trees). Due to their trailing habit, they are popular for hanging baskets, draping their delicate, hair-like stems beautifully over the edges. This Rhipsalis is known as “Old Man’s Beard” for obvious reasons! An evergreen with cute, white flowers, it will grow to around a metre tall and wide.

An easy plant to grow, keep an eye on light levels though as, being a jungle cactus, it does best in filtered light. It prefers humidity, so misting is helpful. Grow in a cactus compost and keep reasonably moist during the year but dryer in winter.


140 mm pot, Cutting, Rooted Cutting