Rat’s tail cactus received the name for its distinctive shoots that resemble rat’s tails. This trouble-free succulent is loved by plant parents worldwide for its odd looks. However, if you’re afraid of rats, this exotic greenie can scare you in the dark for sure, so select the spot for it wisely.
Native to Mexico, this cactus shoots trailing green stems that can reach 6 feet (2 m) length in maturity. The ones growing indoors are much smaller though.
But green is not the only color you’ll see: when the stems age, they turn beige. And its blooms, red-violet in most cases, can sometimes turn out to be pink or orange. The flowering period is in spring and early summer, but each bloom only lasts a few days.