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Hatiora rosea – Rose Easter Cactus


Scientific Name

Hatiora rosea (Lagerh.) Barthlott

Common Names

Rose Easter Cactus, Easter Cactus, Whitsun Cactus, Pink Star Cactus


Rhipsalis rosea (basionym), Rhipsalidopsis rosea

Scientific Classification

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


Hatiora rosea is a mostly erect, or somewhat arching or pendent, bushy, cactus with unique jointed stems and many rose-colored flowers. It an epiphytie, but is commonly grown as a foliage plant. This species is similar to Hatiora gaertneri but has much smaller joints and flowers. The stem segments are flat or 3- to 5-angled with concave sides, reddish, becoming dark green, up to 1.6 inches (4 cm) long, margins with two or three notches. Flowers are borne terminally, broadly funnel form, fragrant, pink, up to 1.6 inches (4 cm) long and in diameter.

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How to Grow and Care

These plants are easy to grow and are often passed down through the generations. With Holiday Cactus, the million-dollar question isn't how to grow it, but how to make it bloom. With a little extra attention during the fall months, you can have your plants blooming for the holidays.

Don't expose these plants to freezing temperatures! Despite their love of cooler temperatures, they are still tropical plants that won't withstand freezing conditions. They like about 50-60% humidity, which can be achieved using a pebble tray. Never place your Holiday Cactus near a heat register, exterior door, or drafty window, and keep it out of burning sunlight.

Holiday cactus can easily be propagated by cuttings. Pinch off a section of stem that has 2-3 jointed segments. Let the cuttings dry for a few hours, then push them in a small pot with the same planting mix as the adult plant. Treat the cuttings just like an adult plant, and within a few weeks they'll be rooted and growing… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Holiday Cactus.


Native to Brazil.

Subspecies, Varieties, Forms, Cultivars and Hybrids

Hatiora x graeseri


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