Fishbone Cactus

Epiphyllum anguliger | Also known as: Lord Vishnu’s Flower, Wijayakusuma | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

It is commonly known as the fishbone cactus because its secondary stems are long, succulent and deeply lobed, and their outline resembles the spine of a fish. Its primary stems are mid-green, smooth and branched so the plant barely resembles a cactus at all. Each autumn, it produces stunningly attractive and strongly scented, large white nocturnal blossoms, each with a dozen or so long, lance-shaped outer tepals usually yellowy-brown or lemon in colour. Fast-growing, the fishbone cactus is a tender plant so should be grown under glass in high humidity. Plant in humus-rich compost with plenty of water in summer. No pruning is required.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0.75
Spread [m]
  • 0.45
Dominant flower colour
  • Yellow
Flower Fragrance
  • Yes, let it smell
Flowering seasons
  • Late spring
  • Early summer
  • Mid summer
  • Late summer
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Foliage in winter
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • seed
  • stem tip cuttings
Growth habit
  • Branching
  • Bushy
  • Erect
Hardiness zone
  • Z11-12
Heat zone
  • H12-1
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • 4 - 0
Heat days
  • 0 - 210
  • well-drained
Sun requirements
  • Partial shade
Standard category
  • Cacti & succulents
  • Cacti
Grown for
  • Attractive Flowers
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • Fine fragrants
  • For Beginners
  • Colours
  • For birds & bees
Garden type
  • Indoor or winter garden
  • Containers
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 10 years