Pereskiopsis spathulata f. variegata | ‘Variegated Patilón’ | Live plant

An unusual, variegated type of this popular grafting stock. Live plant.

Pereskiopsis spathulata f. variegata | ‘Variegated Patilón’ | Live plant

(syn. Opuntia spathulata f. variegata, Pereskia higuerana f. variegataPereskia spathulata f. variegata, Rhodocactus higueranus f. variegata)

Freaky Cacti offers this interesting Pereskiopsis spathulata f. variegata – a relatively rare variegated form of this useful species, which we sell here in our shop as live, well-rooted plants.

Originally collected in the region of Guadalajara, in the Mexican state of Jalisco, Pereskiopsis spathulata (synonymous with Opuntia spathulata, Pereskia higueranaPereskia spathulata and Rhodocactus higueranus) is a much sought-after cactus species. These useful cacti will really help you to speed up your grafting – or you can grow this variegated form as an ornamental plant!

Informally known as ‘Alfilerillo’ and ‘Patilón’, spathulata naturally occurs in USDA Hardiness Zones 10-11. A light-to-medium green, almost shrub-like species reaching up to roughly two metres in height, it’s stems are covered in densely matted but fine hair, with its fleshy leaves growing to around five centimetres long and its sparse, white to whitish spines reaching approximately two and a half centimetres in length. Red flowers bloom between late spring and midsummer. As is evident from the example photos accompanying this text, the unusual form listed here has random streaks of pale yellow to almost golden variegation across its foliage.

Considered by many aficionados of the art to be one of the best stocks on which to graft cactus seedlings (particularly those rarer Trichocereus species), spathulata is certainly one of the most common species recommended both in the literature and in the community at large. This popularity is due to the plant’s adaptability; it can speedily and easily strike roots, handle varying amounts of water and survive anything from full sun to light shade (and temperatures down to 12°C). It also helps that it has relatively few spines, making it much more pleasant to handle than some alternatives!

The species grows easily from cuttings or seed, in mildly acidic to mildly alkaline soil. Space the plants approximately two metres apart to allow them to achieve their full potential.

Product Details

Product Type

Live plant


1 rooted plant


~10 cm tall, ~15 cm tall

Common Name

Variegated Patilón







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