Origin: Central America
This is a spiny shrub and is the only cactus that has leaves. I was told by friends that the leaves could be eaten fresh as it is believed to possess medicinal values like keeping cancer at bay. I was given a cutting not long ago and although it has taken root in the soil and is growing, the growth is rather slow. I cannot wait for it to grow into a luxuriant shrub with plenty of flowers to light up my garden.