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PlantFiles: Harrisia
Harrisia balansae

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Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Harrisia (hair-RIS-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: balansae (bal-AN-see) (Info)

Synonym:Harrisia guelichii
Synonym:Cereus guelichii
Synonym:Eriocereus guelichii
Synonym:Cereus balansae

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Category:
Cactus and Succulents

Height:
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Spacing:
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 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

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

Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

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

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral Xenomorf On Aug 4, 2005, Xenomorf from Valley of the Sun, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

The stems can reach 82 feet long and the fruit are edible.
The blooms are nocturnal (another night-blooming Ceriod).
This plant has Zero foliage (leaves), as with all Harrisia's.
The rib count ranges from 2 to 4 ribs. The fruit have protruding tubercles.

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

Branching, columnar 4 sided spiny cactus that eventually forms an impenetrable thicket. From Argeninta. Has large pale yellow to white flowers (at night?)

Regional...

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

Chandler, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona



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