Neobuxbaumia (Neobuxbaumia polylopha)

Botanical names:
Neobuxbaumia polylopha Accepted
Carnegiea polylopha Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9b -3.9 °C (25 °F) to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 30 to 40 feet
Plant Spread: 4 to 6 feet
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Fruiting Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Red
Bloom Size: 2"-3"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Seeds: Sow in situ
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
Conservation status: Vulnerable (VU)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Vulnerable

Photo gallery:

Posted by Baja_Costero (Baja California - Zone 11b) on Sep 9, 2019 5:48 PM

Extra large, tree-like columnar cactus from central Mexico with dark red, nocturnal flowers in summer. Green stems to 20 inches in diameter with 10-30 narrow ribs, 0-1 central spine, 7-8 radial spines (yellow to brown, fading to gray with age). Older plants can be spectacular. This is one of a handful of species in this genus which has historically been associated with and subsumed within Carnegiea (the monotypic genus of the saguaro).

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