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Cardon

Cardon

Regular price $182.60 USD
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Plant Type: Cacti
Plant Height: 60 feet
Spread: 3-10 feet
Flower Color: white or cream
Sun Exposure: Full Sun

Description:

The Cardón Cactus, scientifically known as Pachycereus pringlei, is an impressive and massive species of cactus native to northwestern Mexico, particularly Baja California and Sonora. It holds the record as the largest cactus in the world in terms of volume and mass.

This towering cactus can reach heights of up to 60 feet (18 meters) in its natural desert habitat, making it one of the most visually striking and dominant features of the landscapes where it grows. The Cardón typically develops multiple branches that rise vertically and are ribbed, with each rib lined with clusters of sharp spines.

The Cardón Cactus blooms with large, white or creamy-white flowers that open at night and close by midday. These nocturnal blooms are adapted for pollination by bats and moths. Following flowering, the cactus produces red, fleshy fruits that are edible and attract various wildlife.

Adapted to arid environments, the Cardón Cactus thrives in full sun and requires well-draining soil. It is extremely drought-tolerant, making it well-suited for xeriscaping and desert landscaping. This cactus is a keystone species in its native habitat, providing shelter and food for various animals, including birds and bats.

In cultivation, the Cardón is often used as a dramatic focal point in large outdoor spaces due to its imposing size and sculptural form. It is a popular choice for public gardens, parks, and large desert gardens.

Overall, the Cardón Cactus is a magnificent and awe-inspiring plant, ideal for those looking to add a touch of grandeur and natural wonder to their landscape. Its towering presence, night-blooming flowers, and ecological importance make it a standout addition to any setting where it can be accommodated.

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