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These bushy or tree-like succulents are positively striking in a desert setting or under glass. Their branches form narrow, spiny columns which zigzag irregularly. Tubular flowers in shades of red, lavender, soft yellow, and white appear at the tips of branches.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsThe desert-loving plants of this genus have striking cylindrical forms and brightly colored blossoms.

CareOutdoors, grow in sharply drained soil in full sun. Under glass, grow in full light and low humidity.

PropagationSow seed in spring; take softwood cuttings in spring or summer.

ProblemsRust, scale, prone to rotting in moist soils.

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