Pachycereus pringlei

Pachycereus pringlei, commonly known as Mexican giant cactus or elephant cactus, is a perennial member of the Cactaceae family native to Mexico. It has a columnar growth habit and can reach 20 m height. The trunk and the tree-like branches of this cactus have 10 to 17 ribs covered with big areoles bearing 1-3 central spines and 7-10 radial spines. White funnel-shaped flowers bloom from late spring to early summer. Bristly fruits with black seeds are produced.


Common NameMexican Giant
Cactus/ Elephant
Botanical namePachycereus pringlei
Life CyclePerennial
Basic Colourwhite
Height15 -> 20 m
Habitatlow hills, slopes
Altitude0 – 700 m
Bloom TimeApril -> July
Plant TypeCactus, Succulent,
Fruit TypeBerry
different tolerancesHardy
Used PartsWhole plant
Plant UsesEdible fruit,
Active substancesNo active substances known
USDA Zone10 (-1), 11 (+4)
Sun ExposureSun
Soil pHNeutral
Soil MoistureDry
Soil Type Sandy, Stony
Propagationby seeds / by sowing,
by Cuttings, Self sows
Germinationtell us
Pests/ DiseasesDisease free

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