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Hatiora herminiae


Scientific Name

Hatiora herminiae (Porto & A.Cast.) Backeb.ex Barthlott


Rhipsalis herminiae

Scientific Classification

Family: Cactaceae
Subfamily: Cactoideae
Tribe: Rhipsalideae
Genus: Hatiora


Hatiora herminiae is a branching epiphytic cactus that grows up to 1 foot (30 cm) tall. Stem segments are cylindrical, grey, dark green, olive green, or purplish in full sun, up to 2 inches (5 cm) long and up to 0.2 inches (0.5 cm) in diameter. Flowers are dark pink to blue-violet, up to 0.8 inches (2 cm) long, and up to 1 inch (2.5 cm) in diameter. The fruits are olive green.

Hatiora herminiae

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USDA hardiness zones 10a to 11b: from 30 °F (−1.1 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Hatiora grows in the wild in tropical rain forests of south-eastern Brazil, as far south as Parana, along the border with Paraguay. Although they grow mostly on tree trunks, they are sometimes found growing on rocky ground. In the wild, Hatiora bloom in spring and will sometimes flower twice in one year.

These cacti thrive best in indirect light with exposure to morning and evening sun. They prefer well-drained soil. Cactus or epiphytic compost works well. Hatiora can be propagated easily through cuttings that can root immediately in soil. It likes long nights of about 14 hours. Cover the plant with a paper bag to shut out sunlight. Try not to reposition the plant once flower buds appear, as these could fall off during any movement. It needs a month's rest after flowering, so water sparingly during this period.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Hatiora.


Hatiora herminiae is native to Brazil.


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