Rose Cactus, Rhodocactus grandifolius, Pereskia grandifolia
|These leafy climbing vines, shrubs and small, wide-spreading trees do not look like Cacti. They bear rose-like blossoms, and some even thrive in humid rainforests. But their thick sharp spines and blossoms grow from specialized knobs called areoles -- a positive Cactus identification. Some drop their leaves; others stay evergreen. Their thorny, woody branches make an effective barrier hedge. The sometimes fragrant flowers range from white to pale yellow, pink or red. Small berries form in summer and autumn. Those of the climbing Barbados Gooseberry, Pereskia aculeata, ripen from spiny to smooth, and can be eaten fresh or in preserves. They do well in a greenhouse, or partial shade or full sun in subtropic regions. Plant in rich, very well-drained soil -- they handle dry conditions better than wet. Water freely in summer, less often in winter when they go dormant. While resting, they still appreciate light and warmth, but some tolerate much chillier temperatures than those of their native tropics. Grow from seed or branch cuttings.
A stem bristling with 2-inch black spines supports glossy leaves, lush magenta and white blossoms, and pear-shaped fruits.
Attributes - Pereskia grandiflora
Plant Type: Succulent
Bloom Season: Mid Spring through Mid Fall
Flower Color: Pink, White
Height: 6 ft. to 30 ft.
Width: 20 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun
Climate: Zones 9, 10, 11
Notes: Thrives in Dry Climates, Hot Climates. Container Plants, Drought Tolerant, Low Maintenance, Showy Flowers.