Toothpick Cactus, Argentine Toothpick
Stetsonia coryne

Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Stetsonia (stet-SOHN-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: coryne (ko-RY-nee) (Info)

Category:

Cactus and Succulents

Height:

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)

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

Spacing:

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 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:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Unknown - Tell us

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

Regional

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

Green Valley, Arizona

Mesa, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona

Perris, California

Riverside, California

San Diego, California

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Jan 16, 2012, kmwallen from San Diego, CA wrote:

I have 3 smallish Toothpick Cacti (I love them because they are so unique looking) but have accidentally stabbed myself a couple of times. This last time, I had to pull a "toothpick"/barb out of my palm - in the fleshy part below my thumb. It turned black & blue in less than 1/2 an hour. Can't seem to get it all out (& believe me, I've tried!) & at the same time I have been feeling very lethargic...Any chance this could be caused by the barb?

Positive

On Mar 28, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Large, branching columnar cactus with long, toothpick-like spines. Monotypic genus. From low deserts of South America.