Old Man Cactus



Cephalocereus senilis



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Form: Cactus, columnar
Seasonality: Perennial
Size: 45 feet (slow)

Leaves; n/a

Flowers: 2-inch long pale pink flowers
Fruit: Deep pink fruit, 1 inch long covered with yellowish hair.
Stems/Trunks: Numerous yellow spines concealed by the long, shade producing hair 

Range/Origin: Hidalgo Mexico
Hardiness: Sunset Zones: 11-13, 21-24; USDA: 9-10

Comments: Low litter, Long flowing “hair” covering the thorns



  • Exposure: Full sun
  • Water: Low
  • Soil: Sandy, well drained
  • Propagation: Seed and cuttings
  • Maintenance: Minimal, however, yellowing hair can be rinsed with a mild shampoo


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