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Oreocereus leucotrichus

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Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Oreocereus (or-ee-oh-KER-ee-us) (Info)
Species: leucotrichus (loo-koh-TRY-kus) (Info)

Synonym:Borzicactus hendriksenianus
Synonym:Borzicactus leucotrichus
Synonym:Echinocactus leucotrichus
Synonym:Oreocereus hendriksenianus
Synonym:Arequipa leucotricha

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Category:
Cactus and Succulents

Height:
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

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:
Red

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:
Unknown - Tell us

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Suitable for growing in containers

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
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
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Positive terrora On Aug 16, 2010, terrora wrote:

Got one of these from a niece when it was a wee pup...bit of a slow grower...but then it bloomed...what neat flowers!!! Last year it's been pushing up a new pup and this spring it didn't flower because it is pushing up a second pup...that's hard work. Will post some pics when I find them....but definitely not one you want to pet....playin' in the dirt (-_^) Terrora

Neutral Xenomorf On Aug 12, 2006, Xenomorf from Valley of the Sun, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

Another synonym of this plant is Cereus hendriksenianus.

Positive palmbob On Mar 4, 2005, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Another of the hairy old man cacti from S America... this one has large, orange spines that protrude out from beneath the hair on top

Regional...

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

Luven,
Riverside, California
San Leandro, California
Sonoma, California
Vacaville, California



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