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PlantFiles: Cereus
Cereus spegazzinii

Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cereus (KER-ee-us) (Info)
Species: spegazzinii (speg-uh-ZIN-ee-eye) (Info)

Synonym:Cereus anisitsii
Synonym:Cereus lindenzweigianus
Synonym:Cereus ridleii
Synonym:Piptanthocereus spegazzinii
Synonym:Monvillea spegazzinii

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Cactus and Succulents

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

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

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

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
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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:

Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
Allow cut surface to callous over before planting
From seed; direct sow after last frost

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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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Xenomorf On Jun 17, 2005, Xenomorf from Valley of the Sun, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

Additional valid synonyms are: Cereus marmoratus, Monvillea anisitsii, Monvillea lindenzweigiana, Monvillea vallegrandensis, Piptanthocereus lindenzweigianus & Monvillea ebenacantha.


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

Phoenix, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona

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