Monvillea Spegazzini Cristata
This easy to grow plant is very attractive because of its spectacular purple-blue stems with pronounced sculpture effects. There also a similar crested form with blue-green marbled stems. These crested stems seem carved and are often crowned with a white down. Huge red flowers on the outside, white inside opening at night.
A fast growing species which flourishes in a mixed, well-drained soil. This plant needs regular watering during summers and should be kept dry during winters and requires light shade to grow better
It is an excellent plant for garden rockery settings, desert type landscapes, patios and botanical gardens
For watering cacti, the golden rule is to make sure the soil is completely dry before watering! This will stop the roots from rotting. It is advised to always use a pot with a drainage hole so that excess water can get drained out. If kept in a sunny area, you will need to water it once every week. If it is in a semi shaded or filtered light area, you might need to water it once in 2 weeks.
Cacti like soil that is well aerated and fast draining. You can fertilise the cactus in the summer months when it is in its growing season. During the winters it is best to cut back on any fertiliser and let the plant rest.