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Fishbone Cactus- Epiphyllum Anguliger

Native to Mexico, the Fishbone Cactus is known for its long, distinctive zig-zag leaves that resemble a fish skeleton. This intriguing cactus thrives when hung in a planter or placed on a shelf, allowing its unique foliage to unfurl. If conditions are just right, your Fishbone Cactus may bloom large 4-6 inch white and beige flowers that only stay open for a single night, so catch a glimpse before they fade with the morning light.

Fishbone shaped leafy cactus in a small indoor pot.


General Care

Prefers bright indirect light.

Water regularly using room temperature water, allowing the soil to dry between waterings. Avoid letting the plant sit in water, as this can cause root rot.

Thrives in medium to high humidity.

Use a high-quality, well-draining potting mix.

A delicate white coloured Fishbone Cacti flower.

Common Problems

Pests and Diseases:
The Fishbone Cactus enjoys humid conditions, making it susceptible to common pests such as mealybugs, fungus gnats, and aphids. It can also suffer from diseases like root rot and fungal leaf spots.

Symptoms and Causes:

  • Leggy Growth: Typically caused by inadequate sunlight.
  • Leaves with Brown Spots: Often due to excessive humidity or water left sitting on the leaves.


The Fishbone Cactus is non-toxic to cats, dogs, and humans, making it a safe addition to any home.