Myrtillocactus geometrizans, Blue Candle Cactus is a tall branching columnar cactus with a widespread range across Mexico. It has a distinctive appearance with 5 or 6 wide ribs, diminutive spines on widely spaced areolae and an attractive blue powdery bloom on its stems. Myrtillocactus geometrizans is a fast-growing cactus that starts life as a tall solitary stem then begins to develop a branching habit creating an attractive architectural candleabra-like shape. It is one of the easiest and most-rewarding of cacti to grow but must have a free-draining substrate and be kept warm and dry in winter.
Myrtillocactus geometrizans produces small greenish-white flowers when still quite young and these are followed by edible berries resembling Billberries from whence it gets some of its other common names.
A low-maintenance houseplant that complements modern decor and fits in well with most interiors.
|Synonyms||Cereus geometrizans, Myrtillocactus geometrizans var. grandiareolatus, Myrtillocactus grandiareolatus|
|Cultivation||Freely-draining gritty alkaline substrate. Sunny aspect. Can be kept outdoors in the summer months and brought indoors in autumn. Watch for snails if outdoors and mealy bugs, particularly when in indoors over winter|
|Eventual Height||2m in cultivation (taller in habitat)|
|Hardiness||Cold tolerant but not frost hardy. Usually as a houseplant in a warm aspect but also endures a cool frost-free glasshouse - ideally with a fleece covering for safety|
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