I Love Ripsalis salicornioides aka drunkards dream, bottle cactus, or dancing bones.

Feb 21, 2020 | Love This!

Name: Ripsalis salicornioides aka drunkard’s dream, bottle cactus, or dancing bones. Also known as Hatiora.

 Type of Plant: An epiphyte that is native to eastern Brazil. This plant is easy to grow as a houseplant or in a container outside in the summer time.

 Why I Love/Hate this plant: I have found this plant impossibly easy to grow. You can break off a piece and stick it in a container of potting mix and it will root and be happy. It has small yellow flowers that appear in the winter and early spring – in other words, it flowers when the days are shorter. It’s a great texture and it doesn’t get pests or require much in the way of repotting or fertilizing…an easy plant to grow.

 A Word to the Wise: When indoors put this in a western or southern facing window. If you send it to summer camp, put it in dappled sunlight or early morning sun. Most epiphytes grow in trees, so emulate the conditions it would have if it was growing in the crotch of a tree.

there are tiny yellow flowers on this plant through most of the winter.

You could grow this in a hanging basket, but i find that in a tall pot where the stems can cascade is attractive.


  1. Lauren B

    I’ve been growing this plant for almost 30 years without knowing its name. Thanks! (Thought itt was some kind of saggy pencil cactus.)

  2. Jacqueline Austin

    I have become an utterly compulsive collector of this genus! I am also fascinated by the fact the botanists keep reclassifying them. Whether it is a
    “Hatiora salicornioides” or a “Rhipsalis salicornioides” I don’t care. Now I have a collection of 23 plants within the Lepismium, Hatiora and Rhipsalis classifications.
    Yours is gorgeous! Thank you for sharing.

    • CL Fornari

      Yes…those botanists keep reclassifying so many plants I can’t keep up! Happy collecting!


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