This is one of the most interesting plants you ever see. Nearly leafless rambling stems produce 3" inflated balloon-like flowers of white and yellow pin stripes, topped with emerald green birdcages. Thick, twining succulent stems are well suited for hanging basket culture or for trellises. The flower tube is white with green nerves outside, the base is banded purplish, to 1 inch across. It has a unique method of pollination. The tubular 2½ inch flowers are lined inside with downward pointing hairs that temporarily trap insects. They are then released the next day covered with pollen. With thick leafless twining stems, it is best displayed in a hanging basket. Plant in partial shade with a well-draining cactus mix and allow to dry out between waterings.
The plant needs at least 4 hours of direct sunlight per day and can withstand a fair amount of drought. Water well and wait until the soil has thoroughly dried before watering again. Fertilize with a balanced fertilizer every third watering from May to October. From October to May water only enough to keep the stems from shriveling.