Disocactus flagelliformis - Rattail Cactus

What To Expect

You will receive a healthy plant that meets our strict quality standards in a nursery pot size of your choosing. No two plants are alike, and yours will have its own unique shape, size and personality; expect this natural variation from the photos. We offer a plant health guarantee on all of our plants! Please see our Shipping Policy and Refund Policy for more information. Still have questions? Check out our FAQ or Contact Us!


The unforgettable appearance of the Rattail Cactus will enchant you both in beauty and ease of maintenance. These stunning succulents are surprisingly epiphytic and enjoy a soil-less environment to grow in (such as vermiculite and sand). They thrive on neglect and will love the sunny spot in your home. When you adopt a Aporocactus flagelliformis, you're adopting a desert plant, so don't try to over-cherish it with water, as it will rot if kept too wet. 

When the Aporocactus flagelliformis is happy, it will treat you to a flower display that strongly resembles a flower of a Christmas cactus! A beauty to behold!

Ed's Plant Profile

  • Botanical Name: Aporocactus flagelliformis
  • Common Name(s): Ratttail Cactus, Rat Tail Cactus, 
  • Family: Crassulaceae
  • Native Range: Mexico

Ed's Care Guide

  • Care Level: Moderate
  • Light: Bright light
  • Water: Keep soil on the dry side 
  • Humidity: Average
  • Temperature: 50-75F
  • Feeding: Fertilize with cactus food during spring and summer
  • Propagation: Leaf & Stem Cuttings
  • Growth: Vining
  • Pests: Look out for  mealy bugs and aphids
  • Toxicity: Toxic to humans and pets if consumed