Name: Elephant Cactus
Family: Cactaceae
Country of origin: Central and Southern America
Pot diameter: 12 cm
Height: 20 cm
Flowering period: March-June
History and curiosity: Its name refers to the lower part of the trunk that looks like an elephant's leg.

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Cactus with colonnade development, in nature reaches remarkable dimensions, up to 20 meters. It is often visible near Saguaro (Giant Carnegia). Together with the latter one is one of the highest cacti in the world in its natural habitat. The name refers to the lower part of the trunk that resembles much to the elephant's leg. The Native Americans used to eat the fruits and grind the seeds to form a flour; The flesh pulp has disinfectant and curative properties. Dried and woody drums are also used as fences and supports.

Exposure and brightness: It can be placed in half shade or full sun.

Temperature: Temps temperatures below 7-10 ° C.

Soil type: It needs a well drained soil: the ideal is a soil for very sandy Cactaceae.

Irrigation: From March to October water moderately; In winter suspend the watering.

Fertilization: Once a month during the vegetative season, with potassium fertilizer mixed with irrigation water.

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Periodo fiorituraMar - Jun

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