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Senita Cactus Pachycereeae

Growing Senita Cactus: Tips at a Glance

  • Type Cactus
  • Life Span Perennial
  • USDA Zones 9-11
  • Light Full sun
  • Water Requires dry soil
  • Where to Plant Xeriscape
  • Design Tip Statement cactus
  • Companions Succulents, cacti
  • Peak Season Year-round

Senita Cactus: A Field Guide

Members of the Senita cactus family are useful as dramatic specimen plants in a desert landscape or xeriscape.

Among the dozen or so species of this cactus family are the Totem Pole Cactus (Lophocereus schottii v. monstrosus, also known as Pachycereus schottii), which looks like what you’d expect from its common name. Spineless and dramatically tall, a Totem Pole Cactus is at its best standing sentinel beside a path or entryway.

We’re particularly partial to L. schottii forma cristata, which grows in a low, undulating wave and forms textured green crests

Planting, Care & Design of Senita Cactus

More About Senita Cactus

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