Organ pipe cactus
spines on Stenocereus thurberi
Size: 10ft (rarely to 20ft) with spread of 12ft; when watered can grow 1 foot per year
Leaves: straight spines along ribs
Flowers: white, 3in, night-blooming, spring and summer
Fruit: red edible fruit, 2-3in long,
Stems/Trunks: lobbed, erect stems all arising from ground level; bright green; ribs are covered with close-set stiff spines; stems to 6 inches in diameter
Range/Origin: Sonoran desert
Hardiness: growing tips killed at 20°F
mature Organ pipe cactus
- fruit attracts wildlife
- Exposure: full sun
- Water: natural rainfall; faster growth with some supplemental during dry seasons
- Soil: any; good drainage
- Propagation: seed, rooted cuttings
- Maintenance: none; protect from frost by covering growing tips
Research by Master Gardener Toni Moore
If frost damages growing tips, new growth may be constricted. Best in warmer areas or in warm microclimates.
Large specimens not usually available. Best grown from seed or small plants.
upright stems on Stenocereus thurberi
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