Orchid Cactus ‘Magic Carpet’, Ephiphyllum hybrid, Cactaceae, 4in potted plant
Name: Orchid Cactus ‘Magic Carpet’
Scientific Name: Ephiphyllum hybrid
The plants known as epiphyllum hybrids, epiphyllums or just epis, which are widely grown for their flowers, are artificial hybrids of species within the tribe Hylocereeae, particularly species of Disocactus, Pseudorhipsalis and Selenicereus. In spite of the common name, Epiphyllum species are less often involved as parents of Epiphyllum hybrids.
The parent species from which epiphyllum hybrids were bred are different in appearance and habit from most cacti. They are found in the tropical forests of Central America where they grow as climbers or on trees as epiphytes. They have leafless (or apparently leafless) flattened stems which act as the plant’s photosynthetic organs. Relatively large flowers are borne on the sides of the stems; in many species they open at night.
Epiphyllum hybrids should be re-potted every 2 to 3 years as they tend to deplete the nutrients in their growing medium
Height: 1 – 2 feet
Hardiness: zones: 10
Flower Color: Mostly pinkish-purple, with an orange midstripe on each petal
Other Names: Climbing cacti, orchid cacti