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Rose Cactus

Pereskia grandifolia

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Rose Cactus is part of the Pereskia genus and its scientific name is Pereskia grandifolia.

The leaves can be eaten raw or taken as a concoction brewed from dried plant. It was also believed to have anti-tumor, anti-rheumatic, anti-ulcer and anti-inflammatory activities. 1

A study conducted showed that it does indeed contain bioactive compound(s) to induce cell death of cancerous cells. 2

Evergreen to deciduous (depending on growing conditions) small tree or shrub.3

Rose Cactus grows as a perennial and is a flower / succulent. Being a perennial plant, it tends to grow best over several years (approx 3 years and greater).

Rose Cactus normally grows to a shrub-like habit. Expect blooming to occur in early summer.

Mexico is believed to be where Rose Cactus originates from.

Rose Cactus is great for inexperienced gardeners and those that like low maintainance gardens.

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Rose Cactus have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Rose Cactus

  • Full Sun

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A full sun / partial sun position will ensure your plant thrives and remember to apply water fairly sparingly. The USDA Zones typically associated with Rose Cactus are Zone 9 and Zone 11. Rose Cactus requires a soil ph of 6.1 - 7.8 meaning it does best in weakly acidic soil - weakly alkaline soil.

See our list of companion Plants for Rose Cactus to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Rose Cactus from seed

Transplanting Rose Cactus

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Rose Cactus Etymology

This plant was traditionally used for severe illnesses such as cancer, which did not respond to any other treatment other than prayer. Which is how it got such names as Cancer Cactus, Pray for Us & Ora Pro Nobis.

Rose Cactus Folklore & Trivia

Considered a sacred healing plant for severe illness since ancient times, due to its medicinal properties. Current research confirms the anticancer effectiveness of this plant.

Other names for Rose Cactus

Cancer Cactus, Ora Pro Nobis, Pray-For-Us, Guamacho Morado, Quiabento, Sabonete, Ora Pro Nobis

Pereskia grandifolia Haw.

Misspellings: Pray for us, Guamacho, Kiabento

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