Totem Pole Cactus-Spiral Form 1gal, Spiral delight

  • Totem Pole Cactus-Spiral Form

1 Gallon $35.00

The Spiral Totem is available only in very limited supplies. This rare cactus is also available as unrooted cuttings here.

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Totem Pole Cactus-Spiral Form 1gal, Spiral delight

  • Names and Synonyms:  
    Lophocereus schottii var. monstrosus, Cereus schottii var. monstrosus, Pilocereus schottii var. monstrosus, Lophocereus schottii f. monstrose (there are more synonyms)
  • Common Names:  
    Totem Pole Cactus, Spiral Totem
  • Family:  
    Cactaceae
  • Origin:  
    Lophocereus schottii is native to the desert regions of mainland Mexico and the Baja California peninsula of Mexico with small populations also occurring in the most southern part of Arizona. The spiralis form is a very rare natural hybrid found growing further south than the Monstrose form.
  • Size Label:  
    1 Gallon
  • Height:  
    10-12'
  • Width:  
    4-6'
  • Cold Tolerance:  
    20 to 25°F, -6.7 to -3.9°C
  • Heat Tolerance:  
    Extreme heat tolerance
  • Light Requirement:  
    Full sun
  • Water needs:  
    Very drought tolerant
  • Maintenance:  
    None
  • Uses:  
    An interesting specimen cactus which works well in containers or larger planters that accent it. It can also be planted in cactus and rock gardens in warmer areas. The stems in this rare hybrid version grow in a striking twisted fashion.
  • Propagation:  
    Take cuttings of healthy shoots in spring and summer by cutting the stem with a sterile knife just above a bud or shoot. Leave the cutting in a warm dry place until a callus forms over the wound. Once callused, the cutting should be potted up with cactus potting mix topped with a surface layer of coarse grit in which to place the cut end. This prevents the cut end from becoming too wet and allows the roots to penetrate the rich compost underneath in about 2 to 3 weeks.
  • Problems:  
    Requires excellent drainage to prevent rot.
  • Special notes:  
    A slow growing, but undemanding ornamental pole-shaped cactus. The Spiralis form is rare in the trade and sought after by collectors. It has regular shaped green stems with spiraling ribs and few areoles. Individual stems branch mostly at the base but occasionally higher along the mostly vertical stems as well. Young stems have a waxy bloom on their surface but can become very marked with age. Mature stems can reach 6 inches in diameter. This naturally occurring hybrid rarely, if ever, flowers and is sterile. It occurs in a limited range in Mexico. It prefers rich porous soil and can survive drought once a large colony of stems is established. It will tolerate temperatures slightly below freezing if the growing tips are protected.