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PlantFiles: Argentine Giant
Echinopsis candicans var. gladiatus

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Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Echinopsis (ek-in-OP-sis) (Info)
Species: candicans var. gladiatus

Synonym:Trichocereus candicans var. gladiatus
Synonym:Trichocereus gladiatus

Category:
Cactus and Succulents

Height:
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:
Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:
Unknown - Tell us

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
Allow cut surface to callous over before planting

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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Profile:

1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive Xenomorf On May 31, 2005, Xenomorf from Valley of the Sun, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

This variety is the long spined version of Echinopsis candicans, and was just recently named to be set apart from the short spined version.
The short spined one is very common in cultivation, gardens and landscapes.

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Phoenix, Arizona
Apple Valley, California
Hesperia, California



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