Pseudorhipsalis ramulosa (Red Rhipsalis) is a plant native to the Caribbean, with attractive ornamental foliage and clambored cordate stems. It can be grown as a groundcover or low-growing vine or creeper up to two feet in length. Red Rhipsalis prefer full sun and moderate water, but can also tolerate semi-shade and dry conditions. The mature plant is cold hardy at least to 30sF for a short time, so it can be grown in USDA Zones 9-11.
This unique species of cactus will bring a lively and vibrant atmosphere to any garden. The stems are arched then completely pendant and flat, turning a deep violet red in high light. These ribbon stems are also lined on both edges with tiny flowers followed by ornamental shell berries, making the plant even more attractive.
In colder or pot regions, plants can be grown near the house in a sheltered location, or inside a greenhouse or a cool conservatory. When growing Red Rhipsalis in pots, make sure to use a well drained soil and to water it moderately, as too much water can cause it to rot. Additionally, mulching the soil and pinching out the tips can help to encourage fuller growth. This plant requires minimal maintenance and will put up with a wide range of temperatures and conditions, making it an ideal choice for a low-maintenance, ornamental garden.