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Pereskia bleo

(Leaf Cactus)


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Common Names

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Common Names in English:

Leaf Cactus, Perescia, Rose Cactus, Wax Rose, Wax-Rose

Common Names in Spanish:

Bleo, Bleo De Chupa, Chupa, Chupa Melón, Najú De Culebra, Najú De Esoubas, Najií

Common Names in Spanish, Castilian:



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Genus Pereskia

Stems straight or zig-zag . Spines 1-12 per areole. Flowers from areoles of new growth, fragrant or not; outer tepals often greenish, colored near margins ; inner tepals white, yellow, orange-red, red, pink to purplish; stamens 50-100 in small-flowered species, to 300 in large-flowered species; filaments colorless near base , in some species pigmented distally, color either matching inner tepals or contrasting with them; styles shorter to longer than stamens; stigma lobes 3-20. x = 11.

Species 17: introduced ; tropical and subtropical regions in the New World, primarily South America.

Whether the populations of Pereskia in the flora area are reproducing sexually or maintaining themselves solely by vegetative means remains unclear. The population biology of both species and their long-term persistence in the flora need to be monitored.[1]

Physical Description

Habit: Deciduous.

Flowers: Bloom Period: June. • Flower Color: apricot, coral , dark red, orange, red, scarlet


Size: 24-36" tall.


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Culture: Space 18-24" apart.

Soil: Minimum pH: 6.1 • Maximum pH: 7.8

Sunlight: Sun Exposure: Full Sun .

Moisture: Drought Tolerance: High

Temperature: Cold Hardiness: 9b, 10a, 10b, 11. (map)


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An accepted name in the RHS Horticultural Database.

Place of publication : Prodr. 3:475. 1828.

Name verified on 01-Mar-2004 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 01-Mar-2004.

Similar Species

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Members of the genus Pereskia

ZipcodeZoo has pages for 22 species, subspecies, varieties, forms, and cultivars in this genus:

P. aculeata (Barbados Gooseberry) · P. aculeata var. rotundifolia (Pereskia) · P. aculeata var. rubescens (Pereskia) · P. aureiflora (Fachno) · P. bahiensis (Espinha De Santo Antonio) · P. bleo (Leaf Cactus) · P. diaz-romeroana (Uturunku) · P. grandifolia (Bastard Rose) · P. grandifolia violacea (Pereskia) · P. guamacho (Fachno) · P. horrida (Pereskia) · P. horrida rauhii (Pereskia) · P. lychnidiflora (Cruz Del Matrimonio) · P. marcanoi (Pereskia) · P. nemorosa (Amapola) · P. portulacifolia (Camelia Roja) · P. quisqueyana (Pereskia) · P. saccharosa (Pereskia) · P. sacharosa (Sacharosa) · P. stenantha (Espinha De Santo Antonio) · P. weberiana (Cervetano) · P. zinniiflora (Abrojo)

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Further Reading

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Data Sources

Accessed through GBIF Data Portal November 16, 2007:



  1. Michael W. Hawkes "Pereskia". in Flora of North America Vol. 4 Page 92, 95, 100. Oxford University Press. Online at [back]
Last Revised: 2014-11-20