Dancing Bones Information – How To Grow A Dancing Bones Cactus

By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener Dancing bones cactus (Hatiora salicornioides) is a small, shrubby cactus plant with slender, segmented stems. Also known as drunkard’s dream, bottle cactus, or spice cactus, dancing bones produces deep yellow-orange blooms on the bottle-shaped stem tips in spring. Interested in growing dancing bones? Read on and we’ll tell you how. Dancing Bones Information A native of Brazil, dancing bones cactus isn’t a desert cactus but rather an epiphytic denizen of the rainforest. The stems are spineless, although older plants may develop a few spiny growths at the base. A mature dancing bones cactus plant reaches heights of 12 to 18 inches (30-45 cm.) Growing dancing bones is possible outdoors only in USDA plant hardiness zones 10 to 12. Gardeners in cooler climates, however, can enjoy this tropical plant indoors. How to Grow a Dancing Bones Cactus Dancing bones cactus plants are