Cochal (Myrtillocactus cochal)

Common names:
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Give a thumbs up Candelabra Cactus

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9b -3.9 °C (25 °F) to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
Plant Height: Up to 6-10 feet
Plant Spread: Up to 8-10 feet
Fruit: Edible to birds
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Edible Parts: Fruit
Eating Methods: Raw
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth
Conservation status: Least Concern (LC)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Least Concern
Myrtillocactus cochal at the Joseph Wood Krutch Cactus Garden

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Posted by Baja_Costero (Baja California - Zone 11b) on May 27, 2016 9:32 PM

Heavily branching candalabra-like columnar cactus which is native to Baja California, ranging from just south of Ensenada to the Cape region. Blue-green stems with 6-8 ribs, 0-1 central spine, ~5 radial spines. Smallish greenish white flowers with profuse stamens and berry-like red fruit. Named for this fruit (cochal), which is tasty. Found in different rainfall areas (northern side = winter rainfall, southern side = summer/fall rainfall). In cultivation rather opportunistic, highly durable, nice and branchy. Potential size is about 6-10 feet.

Compare to the similar-looking M. geometrizans, a more widespread native of north-central mainland Mexico (but not BC), which looks similar and also makes a tasty fruit.

This is one of the parents of the exotic natural hybrid xMyrtgerocactus lindsayi, along with the golden-spined Bergerocactus emoryi, a native of NW BC and SW CA. This intergeneric hybrid is quite rare.

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Myrtillocactus by _Bleu_ Apr 6, 2019 1:21 AM 15
Which cacti genera can hybridize? by Jai_Ganesha Jul 10, 2018 9:57 AM 4
Two exotic natural cactus hybrids by Baja_Costero Jun 7, 2018 2:18 PM 2
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