Barbed Wire Cactus

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BARBED WIRE CACTUS

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 
per cluster.

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

REQUIREMENTS:

Sun: Full sun, to partial sun

Soil: Any

Drainage: Good to moderate

Water: 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.

 

BARBED WIRE CACTUS

 

 

BARBED WIRE CACTUS

 

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