Carnegia gigantea Saguaro
up to 60 ft. high x 2-15 ft. wide
The Saguaro defines the Sonoran Desert. They grow slowly from the tissue ant the very top of a wide, ribbed spiny thick column. In the wild, seeds germinate under the shade of shrubs or trees, which are called nurse plants. These nurse plants provide protection from the elements until they are sizeable to grow past their helpful nurses, eventually out competing them for water and space. They bloom at the tops of their arms when mature enough with white funnel-form blooms, usually in clusters. The bat pollinated blooms give way to large, succulent red oval fruits. Some supplemental water is helpful to establish young saguaros during the summer months, but little to no water is needed once mature.
Cereus peruvianus Peruvian Apple Cactus
This is a large and robust, cylindrical type cacti with deep ribs that branch typically from the base to form a large candelabra-looking plant. Blue-green waxy flesh with 3-5 distinctive ribs that are protected by short, sharp gray spines. In late spring to early summer, large funnel-shaped fragrant white blooms form along the tops and edges of these ribs, which are followed by large red to pink colored fruits that look like apples, hence their common name. These are durable and adaptable large and sculptural cacti. They perform best in well-drained soils, but they are not fussy, and they can exist with little to no water, but have the fullest and healthiest appearance with periodic deep, watering about once per month from May to Aug.
Cereus peruvianus ‘Monstrosus’ Monstrosus Cereus
Blue-green spiny columnar cacti with deep ribs with a lumpy or bumpy irregular appearance. Its limbs are usually 4 in. thick and branch from the base growing as individual vertical columns. Spines are needle-like, nearing 1 inch long, and grow out of areoles spaced about 1 in. apart along the bumpy ribs. These plants grow more slowly than the straight species, but they can eventually grow into a full tree-cacti form, so give them space and avoid crowding them or planting them with any overhead obstructions. They will accept moderate irrigation during warmer months, if they are planted in well-drained soils.
Echinocactus grusonii Golden Barrel
These handsome golden-spine ball-shaped cacti are native to SE Mexico. They have a massive water storage capacity with the ribs becoming shallow and wider apart as the plants absorb more water. The curving, firm sharp spines are held along the ribs from the bottom becoming more numerous toward the top of the plants. Yellow camouflaged but attractive blooms form in a ringed pattern at the top of the plant in spring. These are adaptable, easy to grow sculptural plants popular with winter visitors to the low deserts. With age they have the capacity to produce offsets and multiply into large multi-clustered specimens that are quite stunning. Well-drained soils with light watering only during warmer months. Golden barrels are offered in many container sizes and as easy-to-handle field grown individual bareroot plants and clusters. Please call our sales team for details and current availability.
Echinocereus engelmannii Native Hedgehog, Strawberry Hedgehog
These are short columnar, clump forming formidable cacti covered in numerous long cloaking spines. They are native to rocky, hills, slopes, flats and wash edges either out on their own in full sun or often growing adjacent to a small nurse plant shrubs. The spines are white to golden in color with green flesh. In spring flowers are wide bright magenta pink that form near the tops of several mature cylindrical stems. Despite their prickly demeanor they are low maintenance, easy-to-grow and blend into any native landscape designs. Plant in well-drained soils with light water during the heat of the summer or while in bloom.
Echinopsis pachanoi (Syn. Trichocereus pachanoi San Pedro Cactus
Bright green to glaucous vertical stems is 2-4 in. thick with widely spaced spines along their ribs. The often display small fuzzy white areoles with glochids along these ribs. The San Pedro is native to tropical, mountainous areas in Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru. For this reason, these adaptable, columnar cacti blend well with other tropical plants such as Canna lily, Bird of Paradise, and misc. Palms to name a few. Due to their higher elevation provenance, be aware that these cacti can develop sun scald from intense western sun or reflected heat. Areas with filtered sun is appreciated, especially for young or immature plants. They will accept and benefit from additional irrigation during growth months when they have well-draining soils but limited to no water during winter.
Ferocactus glaucescens Blue Barrel
These Blue Barrel cacti are among the most eye-catching varieties suitable for native landscape designs, containers, rockeries, or mixed succulent gardens. They have a pleasingly round shape, bright powdery-blue waxy flesh with 1 in long, golden colored spines running down numerous ribs. With their refined, tidy attractive appearance they are effectively used for minimalistic modern mass plantings. Low maintenance and bright yellow funnel-formed flowers topping these barrels from spring into summer make them an irresistible option for savvy landscape designers.
Ferocactus pringlei Mexican Fire Barrel
These common and popular landscape cacti, native to central Mexico, are durable as they are attractive. They are easy-to-grow and maintain in well-drained soils either in full sun to filtered light with light periodic summer watering. In habitat they are considered quite polymorphic, which means to take on different physical characteristics due to the growing environment and other distinctive population traits of some subspecies growing nearby. Because of this, some specimens show white fuzz around the spiny areoles, but most mature specimens do not. They form stocky, green fleshed, wide cylinders or multi-ribbed columns covered in reddish gray to purple colored spines that are about 1 in. long and mostly recurved or hooked. Plants are topped by a ring of orange to golden flowers in the spring to early summer, which are followed by bulbous golden fruits that look like small pineapples.
Ferocactus wislizenii Fishhook Barrel
This is our Sonoran Desert native barrel cactus. They grow from central Arizona into Southern NM, and just barely into W. TX. They typically grow as a thick, single column with 20-30 widely spaced ribs. Each rib is lined with large areoles that contain 2-4 inch radial spines with gray to brown colored sharp, central spines that are distinctively hooked at their tips giving them their common name of Fishhook barrel. These are slow growing, durable cacti with efficient water absorbing root systems spreading out in a spiderwebbed pattern a good distance from the plant. Loose, sandy or rocky soils are best, and they will tolerate filtered sunlight from large shrubs or arid adapted trees. In the spring, a showy ring of orange to reddish flowers form at the top, which are then followed by persistent fleshy yellow fruits for summer. Fishhook barrels are offered in containers and as bareroot specimens. Call our sales team for current availability and specs.