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Mexican Fencepost

Mexican Fencepost

Regular price $55.00 USD
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Plant Type: Cacti
Plant Height: 6-12 feet
Spread: 2-4 feet
Flower Color: white or light pink
Sun Exposure: Full Sun


The Mexican Fencepost Cactus, scientifically known as Pachycereus marginatus (also known as Stenocereus marginatus), is a striking columnar cactus native to Mexico. It is widely appreciated for its architectural form and is often used as a living fence in its native habitat, hence its common name.

This cactus typically grows to about 6 to 12 feet in height, but under ideal conditions, it can grow taller. The Mexican Fencepost Cactus is characterized by its upright, columnar stems that are dark green in color, with pronounced vertical ribs. The ribs are lined with small but prominent white or gray spines that are evenly spaced along the margins, giving the plant a neat and orderly appearance.

One of the appealing aspects of this cactus is its flowers. It produces large, showy blooms that are white or light pink, typically opening at night and closing by morning. These nocturnal flowers are adapted for pollination by bats and moths. Following the flowering period, the cactus may produce small, red fruits.

The Mexican Fencepost Cactus thrives in full sun and prefers well-draining soil. It is drought-tolerant and requires minimal watering once established, making it an excellent choice for xeriscaping and arid garden landscapes.

In landscaping, this cactus is often used for its ornamental value and as a natural barrier. It can be planted in rows to create a living fence or used as a striking standalone specimen. Its vertical growth and distinctive ribbed appearance make it a popular choice for adding architectural interest to gardens and outdoor spaces.

Overall, the Mexican Fencepost Cactus is a low-maintenance and visually striking plant, perfect for adding structure and elegance to a variety of landscapes. Its unique form, attractive blooms, and adaptability to arid conditions make it a valuable addition to any desert garden or xeriscape design.

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