Night blooming Cereus, Organo
Acanthocereus pentagonus - Cactaceae, Cactus Family
DESCRIPTION: Upright to prostrate angular five-ribbed cactus that leans or grows on other plants. Will climb a tree. Spines whitish or gray 7 to 8
Height: To 20 feet
Flowers: Large, white blooms 8 inches wide and 3 inches long, flowers at night June through August
Fruit: Bright red, fleshy berry, egg shaped 2-1/2 to 3 inches long
Growth rate: Relatively fast for a cactus
Sun: Full sun, to partial sun
Drainage: Good to moderate
Maintenance: Can be encouraged to climb
on any support
Propagation: Seeds, or well healed sections of the cactus
NATIVE HABITAT: Found in coastal portions of Rio Grande Delta.
WILDLIFE USE: The fruit is eaten by bobwhite quail, white-tailed deer, javelina, raccoon, and other animals. Moths sip the nectar.
COMMENTS: Little of the habitat remains.