Dragon Fruit, Pitahaya

Hylocereus ocamponis

Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hylocereus (hy-loh-KER-ee-us) (Info)
Species: ocamponis
Synonym:Cereus ocamponis
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Cactus and Succulents


Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


over 40 ft. (12 m)


9-12 in. (22-30 cm)


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:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade


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

Bloom Color:

Scarlet (Dark Red)


White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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 semi-hardwood cuttings

From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel

Seed Collecting:

Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing

Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible


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

Canyon Country, California

Modesto, California

Simi Valley, California

Jacksonville, Florida

Lakeland, Florida (2 reports)

Orlando, Florida

Sarasota, Florida

Wailuku, Hawaii

Harvey, Louisiana

Pikesville, Maryland

Houston, Texas

Katy, Texas

La Marque, Texas

Los Fresnos, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 12, 2015, two_pines from Los Fresnos, TX wrote:

I'm from the south-most part of TEXAS, zone 9b, all the way down to the point (Brownsville/S. Padre Island area. My neighbor grows Dragon Fruit in the ground. Full sun. (alkaline soil, Ph 8.3) I have been meaning to transplant mine, which is in a 5Gal. bucket, but evenso it has bloomed for me three times this year, and even in the bucket (outdoors) I've gotten 3 fruits once, and 2 another, the third time is right now (9/12/20155). Her plants (2, side by side maybe 6 feet apart) are right now blooming with about 35 to 50 blooms. This is the FIFTH time her plant did this year !! almost all blooms yielded fruit. Now, we think the "secret" is rainfall... and all the ozone & water & lightning accompanying the storms. Other times have been drier, and not bloomed as much, nor yielded as much. I ... read more


On Aug 31, 2014, RxBenson from Pikesville, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

I'm raising this plant from a purchased rooted cutting, and it's three or four years old now. The plant has sprawling three-and-a-half foot stems, branching infrequently. I bring it in to a 63F room for the winter, with lower light and minimal watering.

It is in enhanced potting soil with extra peat added. The pot is large.

I check it daily and I thoughtI may finally have flower buds! It'll be time to bring it indoors in only a couple of weeks (Zone 7), so this year it'll go into the east-facing LR picture window at 70-F and remain there under full growth conditions, at least until I see if I really do have flowers... and perhaps even fruits. But n-o-o-o-......

Just more vegetative growth.

What is the secret to encourage bloom???... read more


On Jun 8, 2006, Xenomorf from Valley of the Sun, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

There is no Foliage or Leaves in the Hylocereus genus. The stems are also Not herbaceous.