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Rhipsalis ewaldiana

Mistletoe Cactus

This beautiful trailing succulent has thin, branching stems. New growth turns a bright yellow-orange color, then a deeper green as it gets older. Although “Mistletoe Cactus” grows well indoors, it should not be planted near windows, as it has a tendency to burn easily. Watch for white flowers in the Spring and Fall.

Quick Look:

  • Partial sun to partial shade

  • Typical water needs for a succulent

  • Plant grows up to 24″ (61 cm) tall
    Plant grows up to 12″ (30.5 cm) wide

  • Zone 10a (Minimum 30° F | -1.1° C)

  • Not cold hardy

  • Propagation by stem cuttings

  • Generally non-toxic to humans and animals

  • Winter Dormant

Care and Propagation Information

General Care for Rhipsalis ewaldiana “Mistletoe Cactus”

Rhipsalis ewaldiana “Mistletoe Cactus” is the perfect addition to your hanging baskets, especially in areas of your home or garden that don't receive a lot of light. It does best when planted in a terra cotta or clay pot. In its native jungle growing habitats of South America, Rhipsalis ewaldiana received filtered light through tree branches. Keep this in mind when choosing where to plant your “Mistletoe Cactus.”


Rhipsalis ewaldiana “Mistletoe Cactus” has typical watering needs for a succulent. It's best to use the “soak and dry” method, and allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings.

Where to Plant

Rhipsalis ewaldiana “Mistletoe Cactus” is not cold hardy, so if you live in a zone that gets colder than 30° F (-1.1° C), it's best to plant this succulent in a container that can be brought indoors. It does well in partial shade to full shade. Do not plant near a window where it would receive a lot of direct sunlight, as it has a tendency to burn.

How to Propagate Rhipsalis ewaldiana “Mistletoe Cactus”

Rhipsalis ewaldiana “Mistletoe Cactus” is easily propagated from stem cuttings. To grow “Mistletoe Cactus” from cuttings, use a sterile, sharp knife or pair of scissors. Remove a stem from the main plant, and allow it to callous for several days before placing on well-draining soil. Water whenever the soil has dried out completely.

Commonly Mistaken For

Rhipsalis cereuscula – Coral Cactus

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