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Pachycereus Pringlei

Pachycereus pringlei, also known as Mexican giant cardon or elephant cactus, is a species of cactus native to northwestern Mexico in the states of Baja California,Baja California Sur, and Sonora.

It is commonly known as cardón, a name derived from the Spanish word cardo, meaning "thistle."

Large stands of these magnificent cactus still exist, but many have been destroyed as land has been cleared for cultivation in Sonora.

The fruit of this cactus was an important food for the Seri people in Sonora, who call the cactus xaasj.

The flesh of this cactus contains alkaloids, and may have been used as a psychoactive plant in Mexico.

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Technical notes

Common name Mexican Giant Cardon/Elephant Cactus
Latin name Pachycereus Pringlei
Availability Good
Frost tolerance 3°C
Planting location Full Sun
Growth Rate Slow
Preferred Soil Any
Height when mature 21 Metres


Measurement: Container Diameter
Size Range Price Approximate Quantity Required
18cm 16
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25cm 50
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30cm 70
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40cm (90cm – 100cm Height) 150
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50cm (100cm – 120cm Height) 180
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70cm (3.5m - 4.5m Height) 2000
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250 Litre Container, (7-8 Metres Height) 3600
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