Wednesday, August 31, 2011

I am "Cereus" -Two Interesting Arizona Cacti

















Pictured above are two of my favorite cacti for Arizona landscape design. To left is a Mexican Fence Post Cactus - Pachycereus, marginatus - and to the right is a Totem Pole Cactus - Pachycereus schottii f. monstrosus. They are columnar cacti which means they grow vertically, and have "spears" as you can plainly see. Cereus is the genus of both and any cacti with that the genus are generally going to be columnar and upright growing.

The Mexican Fence Post pictured at left was planted as part of a xeriscape design in Scottsdale.
These columnar cacti are great for those people who may not "love" cacti as much as I do. They are not very thorny, (only small spines on the edges but I can grab them with my bare hands easily) they are usually quite symmetrical and balanced, and they have a darker green color with an interesting white stripe. Definitely unique and great for a focal point or as a tree substitute in a smaller landscape. I really love to cluster boulders around them along with some Angelita Daisy or other small flowering plant.

The Totem Pole pictured at right was planted as part of a desert landscape design in Fountain Hills, Arizona. This "cereus" cacti is great for the quirkier of folks. Its is thornless, which is a plus for those that are just starting to appreciate cacti. It has very random shapes and really no two ever look alike. Totem Pole are also a great focal point, great near the house, and again I like to surround them with boulders and small flowering plants.

Both of these cacti are so useful in Arizona landscapes. They give character, size, and a really unique shape to work with. Both are very low water use and can also be maintained easily by removing "spears" as they get too tall or wide. Cuttings of these cacti are easily harvested and transplanted around the yard or given to friends and neighbors. Cereusly, try them out.

7 comments:

  1. Nice Blog! Well most of your content and image is original and informative. /many thanks for sharing this, cheers.

    Landscaping

    ReplyDelete
  2. This is a good posting about the landscaping. I like to see this idea. Many people might be like this as well. Always good , btw anyone may see also Landscaping Ideas

    ReplyDelete
  3. I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


    Susan


    Hair Loss Cure

    ReplyDelete
  4. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  5. I ended up with some creative ideas. so well appreciated.
    cedar mulch

    ReplyDelete
  6. Very Informative! This blog is great source of information which is very useful for me. Thank you very much for sharing this!
    Dallas Landscape

    ReplyDelete
  7. These two cactus will be a an eye catching plant for every landscape. Love to include them.

    hardscape contractor quincy IL

    ReplyDelete

  © Blogger templates The Professional Template by Ourblogtemplates.com 2008

Back to TOP