Myrtillocactus geometrizans

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Description

Evergreen upright cactus grows at a moderate rate to 15' x 10'. Stems are blue-green and have black spines. Flowers appear in spring and are small and greenish white. Purple fruits follow flowers. Can become treelike with age. Accepts full sun. Native to southern Mexico.

 

  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Cactus

 

Height Range

6-12', 12-25'

 

Flower Color

Green, White

 

Flower Season

Spring

 

Leaf Color

Blue Green

 

Bark Color

n/a

 

Fruit Color

Purple

 

Fruit Season

Summer

Sun

Full

 

Water

Very Low

 

Growth Rate

Moderate

 

Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Rocky

 

Soil Condition

Average, Poor, Well-drained

 

Soil pH

Neutral, Basic

 

Adverse Factors

Thorns/Spines

Design Styles

Spanish, Wild Garden

 

Accenting Features

Silhouette, Specimen

 

Seasonal Interest

Spring, Summer

 

Location Uses

Entry, Parking Strip, Patio, Raised Planter, Walkways, With Rocks

 

Special Uses

n/a

 

Attracts Wildlife

n/a

Water Saving Tip:

Rainwater is very beneficial for your plants, and it's free.

You can harvest rain by contouring your yard with small berms, channels, or swales to direct water runoff to your plants.