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Epiphyllum hybrid 'Palos Verdes White' - White Epi

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Cactaceae (Cactus)
Origin: Central America (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: White
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Synonyms: [Epi hybrid]
Parentage: (Disocactus x Pseudorhipsalis x Selenicereus)
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 2-4 feet
Exposure: Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 30-32 F
Epiphyllum hybrid 'Palos Verdes White' (White Orchid Cactus) A beautiful large flowering epiphytic cactus that forms a clump of foliage to 4 feet across with 2 to 3 foot long broad flat green thorn less stems with lobed edges that act and look a lot like leaves. These leaves radiate outward and in the spring bear large 5 to 6 inch wide creamy white flowers that age to pale yellow - this is a day blooming variety. Grow in bright shade planted in a basket or pot in a well-drained rich soil mix. These plants are pretty tough but perform best when watered weekly and fertilized occasionally in spring and summer months. This plant has tolerated short duration subfreezing temperatures in shaded areas of our garden without any damage but best in near frost free locations or over wintered in a protected location. The parents of Epiphyllum hybrids, or epis as they are called are actually intergeneric hybrids between species of Disocactus, Pseudorhipsalis and Selenicereus and sometimes, but less commonly, Epiphyllum species. These plants come from tropical forests of southern Mexico, Central America and South America. Though this plant is really is a complex hybrid made up from other genera, the name for the genus Epiphyllum comes from the Greek words 'epi' meaning "top" and 'phylon' meaning leaf in reference to the flowers arising from the leaf-like flattened stems. While the Epiphyllum Society of America maintains a list of many thousands of epiphyllum hybrids, unfortunately we don't know the official name of this plant. It came to us from a Montecito homeowner who was given the plant by a friend in Palos Verdes. We were taken by how robust the plant was and how beautiful it was when in flower.  The information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We have also incorporated comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have some additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing  Epiphyllum hybrid 'Palos Verdes White'.