General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Dry
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9a -6.7 °C (20 °F) to -3.9 °C (25 °F)
Plant Height: 10-35 feet
Plant Spread: 10-15 feet. With time this plant will spread out many branches from a central trunk.
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Fruiting Time: Fall
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: 5"-6"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Edible Parts: Fruit
Eating Methods: Raw
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Drought tolerant
Salt tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Bats
Containers: Not suitable for containers
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth
Conservation status: Least Concern (LC)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Least Concern
Common names
  • Toothpick Cactus
  • Cardon Moro
  • Cardon del Valle
  • Argentine Toothpick Cactus
  • Caiami
  • Dayami
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Stetsonia coryne
  • Synonym: Stetsonia coryne var. procera

Photo Gallery
Location: Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, Arizona
Date: 2016-11-13
Location: Cactus Oase
Date: 2011-08-08
Location: Sun City, Arizona
Date: 2018-03-27
Toothpick Cactus at Wooddale Village in Sun City, Arizona
Location: South Panorama Circle, Tucson, AZ
Date: 2021-07-25
Toothpick Cactus on Panorama Circle in Tucson, Arizona.
Location: Reserva Chancani, Córdoba, Argentina
Date: 2022-09-10
Estancia Pinas

Date: 2023-02-02
Location: Cactus Oase
Date: 2011-08-08

Date: 2020-03-01
plant at  a market
Location: Desert Botanical Garden   Phoenix, AZ
Date: 2024-04-08
Location: Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, AZ.
Date: 2012-03-25
This plant changes appearance quite dramatically with maturity. G
Location: Frankfurt Botanical Garden
Date: 2018-01-29
Location: Plymouth Nursery, Plymouth, MI
Date: 2010-10-10
Location: St Louis - Mobot
Date: 2018-03-31

Date: 2020-04-20
Location: Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, AZ.
Date: 2012-03-25
This plant will with time get quite big and spread out from a cen
Location: Botanic Garden of Berne
Date: March
credit: Feloidea
Location: Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, AZ.
Date: 2012-03-25
This young branch illustrates its 'juvenile' appearance contraste

Photo Courtesy of Mountain Crest Gardens. Used with permission.
  • Uploaded by Joy
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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Stetsonia coryne, not p.pachycladus by skopjecollection Apr 21, 2020 5:47 AM 9

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