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Toothpick Cactus

Toothpick Cactus

Regular price $60.50 USD
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Plant Type: Cacti
Plant Height: 6-10 feet
Spread: 2-4 feet
Flower Color: white or cream
Sun Exposure: Full Sun


The Toothpick Cactus, scientifically known as Stetsonia coryne, is a striking columnar cactus native to the arid regions of Argentina, Bolivia, and Paraguay. This cactus is known for its long, thin, needle-like spines that resemble toothpicks, giving it its common name.

Growing to about 6 to 10 feet in height, and sometimes taller, the Toothpick Cactus forms a single, upright, cylindrical stem. The stem is dark green, with pronounced ribs lined with areoles. From these areoles emerge the distinctive long, white or yellowish spines which can be several inches long.

One of the appealing features of Stetsonia coryne is its flowers. The cactus produces large, showy blooms that are white or cream, typically opening at night. These nocturnal flowers are adapted for pollination by night-flying insects and bats. The flowers are followed by small, fleshy fruits.

The Toothpick Cactus thrives in full sun and requires well-draining soil. It is drought-tolerant and should be watered sparingly, especially in cooler months. This cactus is relatively cold-hardy for a cactus but should be protected from freezing temperatures.

In landscaping, the Toothpick Cactus is used for its striking appearance and as an architectural element. It is well-suited for rock gardens, cactus gardens, and as a focal point in dry garden landscapes. Due to its sharp spines, it should be placed in areas where it will not pose a risk to passersby.

Overall, the Toothpick Cactus is a low-maintenance and visually impressive plant, perfect for adding texture and interest to a garden. Its unique spines, tall form, and beautiful nocturnal flowers make it a standout addition to any collection of cacti and succulents.

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