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Care of the plant Stenocereus eruca or Creeping devil cactus.

Care of the plant Stenocereus eruca or Creeping devil cactus

The genus Stenocereus, family Cactaceae, includes about 20 species of cactus native to Mexico, the southern US, Central America, Venezuela and Colombia. Some species of the genus are: Stenocereus eruca, Stenocereus pruinosus, Stenocereus griseus, Stenocereus dumortieri, Stenocereus alamosensis, Stenocereus montanus.

Common names: Creeping devil cactus, Caterpillar Cactus. This species is native to Baja California, Mexico.

They are cacti with a cylindrical body and prostrate bearing that reach 3 meters in length. They have up to 12 ribs with elongated areoles that have 20 whitish radial spines and a longer central spine (up to 5 cm). The very showy and scented white and pink flowers measure 6 cm in diameter.

They are used to cover dry, sunny slopes, in rockeries, in cactus and succulent gardens, and in pots when young. They are ideal for Mediterranean coastal gardens.

The Stenocereus eruca needs full sun exposure and a hot, dry climate. They resist temperatures of up to 2ºC if the substrate is dry.

The soil can be a mixture, in equal parts, of coarse sand and leaf mulch; they need sandy soils with excellent drainage.

Water moderately, waiting until the substrate has completely dried. In summer spray the stems periodically with lime-free water.

They do not need fertilizers or pruning.

They are plants resistant to the usual pests and diseases but sensitive to excess moisture, especially in the roots.

They are easily propagated by stem cuttings; propagation from seed is a slow process.

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Stenocereus eruca
Stenocereus eruca