Acanthocereus tetragona cv. 'Fairy Castle Cactus'
An outstanding oddity and conversation piece. This species of cactus formerly known as C. peruvianus has forest green tall, non-branching stems that proliferate with many offsets from the base. The effect is like a castle with many ‘spires’. The tan spines are small but do not readily come off. Keeps its proliferating habit throughout its life, getting fuller with each step up in container size. A great starter plant, low maintenance but very rewarding.
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An interesting tropical cactus also called the Gray Ghost organ pipe that occurs in many different areas of Mexico, this species is a columnar cacti with bluish-green coloration and a dusty-looking coating of white powder on new growth. It features white flowers that bloom both day and night to allow for pollination 24-hours a day, and produces ovoid, edible fruit about the size of a small apple.
The namesake 'Pitayo de Octubre' and 'Pitayo de Mayo' describe its habits of blooming and producing fruit in both Spring and Fall, namely in May and October. The color of the fruit ranges from yellow-orange to green and purple.
This is not a cold hardy cacti, but will take colder temperatures if the soil is dry. If grown in a container, it will also maintain a smaller size.