Information About Pincushion Cactus
Tips For Growing Pincushion Cactus In The Garden
By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist
Growing pincushion cactus is an easy gardening project for the novice gardener. They are small cacti that make excellent additions to succulent displays. Learn more about growing pincushions in this article.
Cactus for Landscape
Cactus family diversity means that species height can range between a few inches to sixty feet in height.
Homeowners with an inclination to set down long term roots in desert settings often choose some of the larger cacti for landscaping and edging. In desert terms, they can be local trees that need little water or other attention.
The following three cactus fit the large cactus category.
Growing up to sixty feet tall, the Saguaro (Carnegiea gigantea) ranks as the largest cactus in the United States, and a must see for Sonora Desert visitors.
Well known for its human appearance, the branches often grow out looking like waving arms atop a mature stem. Gila woodpeckers and other cavity nesting birds commonly call Saguaro cacti home.
Organ pipe cactus (Stenocereus thurberi), large ribbed cactus, often grow in clusters that resemble organ pipes.
Like the Saguaro, Organ pipes thrive in the Sonoran Desert region of northern Mexico and Southern Arizona, home to the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument.
They are night bloomers and the flowers get pollinated by bats. Landscapers enjoy them because their multiple flowers bloom on the cactus’s multiple buds, with flowering season extending from May through July.
Organ Pipe fruit provides food for local wildlife as well as humans, who enjoy making jelly out of it.
The scientific name for the Totem Pole cactus, schottii f. monstrosus, pretty much gives away the fact that it is characterized by height.
A large, mostly spineless columnar cactus native to the Baja, grows easily in a nursery, making it a popular Southern landscaping plant. The flowers are not as showy as the organ pipe flowers. Nonetheless, it makes for a very nice border and/or edging plant.