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Pereskia grandifolia

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Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Pereskia (per-ESS-kee-uh) (Info)
Species: grandifolia (gran-dih-FOH-lee-uh) (Info)

Synonym:Rhodocactus grandifolius
Synonym:Cactus grandifolius
Synonym:Pereskia grandiflora
Synonym:Pereskia tampicana
Synonym:Rhodocactus tampicanus

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Category:
Shrubs
Cactus and Succulents

Height:
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

Spacing:
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

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
Light Shade

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

Bloom Color:
Pale Pink
Pink
Rose/Mauve
Fuchsia (Red-Purple)
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring

Foliage:
Evergreen
Shiny/Glossy-Textured

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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

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:

4 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive martenfisher On May 1, 2012, martenfisher from Crystal River, FL wrote:

I grow this plant in pots. I have a pink one and a purple one. They love to bloom and grow. The purple makes red fruits and the pink one makes green fruits.

Positive palmbob On Sep 23, 2008, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have grown this plant for several years now. I got an 'innocent' cutting from a local cactus nut, about 2' long that was just a spiny piece of wood. Two years later the entire back of my planter was a massibe, spiny green wall of cactus over 10' tall and nearly as wide! This is a FAST-growing species! I have had to cut it back at least once a year. And let me tell you, this is a nasty plant to have to deal with. It has incredibly sharp, thin, long spines that penetrate any glove I have tried. And the spines radiate it all directions making it nearly impossible to handle (secret is grabbing it by the branch tips where the flowers and fruits are- no spines, yet). I have since grown my own cuttings off this and they are amazingly easy. Anyone want one? Flowers are an attractive pale pink and then they morph into weird, small knobby apple-like fruits that fall off all over the place (haven't tried to eat one yet). Leafless in winter

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

Other common names are "Guamacho Morado, Quiabento & Sabonete.

More synonyms of this plant are Pereskia grandifolia subsp. grandifolia & Pereskia grandifolia var. grandifolia.

Positive corossol On Jun 24, 2004, corossol from Dobbs Ferry, NY wrote:

A great plant! Nearly indestructible. For 5-6 years I've had several I grew from seed. I can't really figure out a system to get it to bloom, but when it does, it goes crazy. Easy from seed, and can be propagated by cutting shoots and letting them sit in a jar of water. Some seedings have developed with spines, but others have none at all. This is a nearly foolproof houseplant.

Positive Monocromatico On Jul 20, 2003, Monocromatico from Rio de Janeiro
Brazil (Zone 11) wrote:

This is a cactus with (surprise!) broad leaves. A medium shrub, with thick but fleshy leaves and beautiful white, tan or pink flowers with lots of coloured stamens. The fruit is a curious structure, even with small leaves on it, looking more part of the stems than actual fruits.

The plant requires full sun and well drained soils, preferably rich neutral organic soils, but may tolerate acidic ones. The only remnants of "cactus" on this plant are the flowers and the tiny hairs around the foliar nodes (which, in common cacti, turns into a crown of spines around one or more bigger spines)

The leaves are used in green salads, or can be cooked. "Pray-For-Us" is the translation of its popular name in Brazil, though I dont know why it's called this.

It's very easy to propagate from cuttings - I had two cutting that I forgot for three days in my back pack. When I remembered it, the leaves were all squashed, so I planted it expecting nothing but death, but they are currently doing well, sharing the vase with a crinum. Quite an interesting experience.

Regional...

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

Chandler Heights, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona
Los Angeles, California
Reseda, California
Tarzana, California
Tulare, California
Boca Raton, Florida
Bonita Springs, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Naples, Florida
Old Town, Florida
Orlando, Florida
Satellite Beach, Florida
Summerland Key, Florida
Sumterville, Florida
Zephyrhills, Florida
San Antonio, Texas (2 reports)
Spring, Texas



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