Hatiora toxicity?


I wonder if you can help me find out whether a plant is harmful to cats. The (house) plant in question is Hatoria salicornioides, and common names include Dancing Bones, Drunkard’s Dream, Bottle Cactus, Spice Cactus.

It is not listed on the ASPCA’s toxic/non-toxic plant listing, and I have “googled” and only found general comments that most succulents are not harmful to cats so it’s probably ok. My cat is important to me so that’s not definitive enough!  If you could determine more suredly, I would really appreciate it.

Thanks very much.


Thank you for your question.  Ideally keeping all plants out of reach of your cat is ideal. A shelf or windowsill or hanging planter are suggestions.

The succulent stem and flowers on the Drunkard’s dream/Dancing bones cactus are potentially toxic and should not be placed in an area where your pet can reach the plant.

More information can be found on the “plant care today website” in the section:

Growing Hatiora salicornioides: How to Care for Dancing Bones Cactus.  Click here