Rose Cactus


From Thailand we find that the Rose Cactus, Pereskia bleo, is a popular garden plant in Phuket. We grow 3 or 4 types of Pereskia but not this one. It would undoubtedly be a houseplant here if we could find a source for it.

One cactus worth mentioning here is the wax rose (Pereskia bleo), also known as kuu lab phuu kaam in Thai. It has the plant’s characteristic spines – and particularly nasty ones at that – but in some ways it is not a typical cactus because it has leaves, and assumes the form of an open and woody shrub. Moreover, its flowers are attractive and by no means inconspicuous. Bright orange in color, they resemble a single rose.


    
    
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