Lifesaver Cactus Care + Astonishing Blooms (Huernia zebrina)

The Lifesaver cactus (Huernia zebrina) is a beautiful and unusual desert plant native to the Southern and East African deserts.

It can thrive in desert-like conditions, is relatively easy to care for, and requires little maintenance.

Care Guide

Typically grows between 6 and 8 inches in height and about 6 inches wide, making it a relatively small succulent.


This is an understory plant and prefers to be kept in a spot with filtered sunlight. Too much direct sunlight can damage the plant.


Aim to water your plant about once every one to two weeks or whenever the soil is dry.


Common Problems to Avoid

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These plants attract common pests, including mealybugs, scale insects, and spider mites.


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