This is a very special cactus: it develops on a candelabrum and its stem is branched by 5-6 ribs on which are present lanose beads, with 5-7 radial spines and a black central spline, from which small fruit Blue berries. These are edible and similar to blueberries, which explains the plant name. It is in fact commonly referred to as “blueberry cactus”, "blue candle" and "blue flame". Over summer, the Myrtillocactus also produces small and delicate white coloured flowers, running in groups of 5 to 9 along the the individual ribs, around the areoles where the spines spring from. In Mexico it is customary to eat the fruits as well as the flowers: they can be either boiled or fried and are considered a delicacy. This juicy, highly decorative plant doesn't need too much care, and is well suited for novices as well: position the vase in a well lit spot, possibly under full sun, and make sure the temperature doesn't fall under 10°C. During spring and summer you should water the soil regularly, taking care to avoid waterlogging, which the plant is particularly intolerant to. On the other hand, during winter watering should to be kept to a minimum. Also, during summer, the plant really enjoys and benefits from a balanced liquid fertilizer. Adopting these easy measures will reward you with an extremely unique, scenic green corner in your own home.
Produce dei frutti commestibili simili a mirtilli.
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