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PlantFiles: Toothpick Cactus, Argentine Toothpick
Stetsonia coryne

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

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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

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Profile:

2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive kmwallen 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 palmbob 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.

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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