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Pachycereus schottii

Details & Attributes

Plant Type(s) Cacti
Native to Arizona Yes!
Water Needs Low
Sun Full sun
Pollinators Moths (Senitas, like yuccas are an example of plant/moth mutualism)
Has Spines Yes
In relative feet, width by height
8-20' × 6-15'
Flowering Season March-September
Flower Color Pink/white
Minimum Temperature Range 25-30 °F
Leaf Description Spines
Fruit Red, filled with Juicy pulp and tiny black seeds.
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Elevation Range 1000-2000 ft.
Description Senitas are quite rare in habitat around Arizona, occurring only at the extreme southern edges of the state, particularly at Organ Pipe NM. These Cacti form candelabra like patches of arms branching off from near the ground, with older branches tipped by long, downward pointing, whisker-like spines. Flowers open at night to reveal pink and white petals, which upon pollination are followed by bright red fruits. These plants are only suitable for planting in the hottest portions of the state, or for cultivating as a protected potted plant.