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PlantFiles: Cereus
Cereus aethiops

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Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cereus (KER-ee-us) (Info)
Species: aethiops

Synonym:Piptanthocereus aethiops
Synonym:Cereus coerulescens
Synonym:Cereus azureus
Synonym:Piptanthocereus azureus
Synonym:Cereus chalybaeus

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Category:
Cactus and Succulents

Height:
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

Spacing:
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
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 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
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

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

Bloom Color:
Pale Pink
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer

Foliage:
Succulent

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
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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1 positive
1 neutral
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Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral Xenomorf On Oct 4, 2004, Xenomorf from Valley of the Sun, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

Other synonyms include: Piptanthocereus chalybaeus, Cereus seidelii, Cereus beysiegelii, Cereus coerulescens.

Rarely branches, and the monstrose formation is not the most common appearance of the species.

Positive palmbob On Feb 25, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Knobby, monstrose, blue-green columnar cactus from Argentina, branches heavily.

Regional...

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

Green Valley, Arizona
Hesperia, California
Reseda, California



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