Myrtillocactus cochal

Blue Candle, Blue Flame

The deeply ribbed, upward-arching stems, spangled with long spine clusters, form a bushy tangle. They are named for their flowers, which botanists thought to resemble Myrtle blossoms. Funnel-shaped, in shades of cream, pale yellow, green, or pink, they bloom in daylight as many as 9 at a time. You can buy the black-currant-like fruits -- called garambullos -- in the marketplaces of Mexico and Guatemala. Easy to grow in desert regions or a sunny warm greenhouse. Plant in a gritty, fertile soil. Water generously from spring to fall, keeping soil quite moist. Keep fairly dry in winter, misting lightly on warmer days. Where winters are mild they will even tolerate ground watering, which suits them to mixed plantings. If temperatures fall much below 50º F, orange patches may scar the skin. Grow from cuttings or seed.
Myrtillocactus cochal, Blue Candle, Blue Flame
Boldly branching to tree size, it bears delicate flowers, pale yellow with a green tint, and small, dark red fruits.

Attributes - Myrtillocactus cochal

Plant Type: Succulent

Bloom Season: Late Spring through Mid Summer

Flower Color: Yellow

Foliage: Evergreen

Height: 6 ft. to 9 ft.

Width: 12 ft.

Sunlight: Full Sun

Climate: Zones 9, 10, 11

Notes: Thrives in Dry Climates, Hot Climates. Container Plants, Drought Tolerant, Low Maintenance, Showy Flowers.

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