Pachycereus schottii

Whisker Cactus, Senita, Lophocereus schottii

Growing wild only on flat sandy plains of the American Southwest, they reach heights of 22 feet in the blistering heat. In fact, they need such extreme conditions to produce their pink and white flowers. Thick, hairy beards cover the ends of the spiny stems. Plant in moderately well-drained, humus-enriched soil. Some experts find they do not like lime in the soil. Water freely in warmer months. Keep above 46º F. Very easy to raise from seed, but even in ideal conditions most will not flower until 6 or 7 years old. Cuttings from non-flowering stems can be rooted.
Pachycereus schottii, Whisker Cactus, Senita, Lophocereus schottii
The best-known species, its candelabra shape bears unpleasant-smelling flowers. Round ½-inch fruits ripen to red. The nearly spineless L. s. monstrosus variety's branches bulge with curious lumps and bumps.

Attributes - Pachycereus schottii

Plant Type: Succulent

Bloom Season: Late Spring through Mid Summer

Flower Color: Pink, White

Foliage: Evergreen

Height: 9 ft. to 21 ft.

Width: 15 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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Pachycereus marginatus, Pachycereus pringlei
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