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Cardon Grande Cactus, Echinopsis terscheckii.

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Cardon Grande Cactus, Echinopsis terscheckii. Also called: Golden Saguaro, Argentine Saguaro, San Pedro Cactus, or Cardon Santo 'sacred cactus', Cardón, Trichocereus terscheckii, Cereus terscheckii, Pilocereus terscheckii, Trichocereus werdermannianus, Echinopsis werdermanniana. Photos Taken Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Superior, Arizona. Xeriscape Landscaping Plants For The Arizona Desert Environment.  Pictures, Photos, Information, Descriptions, Images, & Reviews. Cactus.
Cardon Grande Cactus, Echinopsis terscheckii.
Photos Taken Boyce Thompson Arboretum.
Near Superior, Arizona. August 25, 2008.
Cardon Grande Cactus, Echinopsis terscheckii. Also called: Golden Saguaro, Argentine Saguaro, San Pedro Cactus, or Cardon Santo 'sacred cactus', Cardón, Trichocereus terscheckii, Cereus terscheckii, Pilocereus terscheckii, Trichocereus werdermannianus, Echinopsis werdermanniana. Photos Taken Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Superior, Arizona. Xeriscape Landscaping Plants For The Arizona Desert Environment.  Pictures, Photos, Information, Descriptions, Images, & Reviews. Cactus.
Cardon Grande Cactus, Echinopsis terscheckii.
Photos Taken Boyce Thompson Arboretum.
Near Superior, Arizona. August 25, 2008.
Cardon Grande Cactus, Echinopsis terscheckii. Also called: Golden Saguaro, Argentine Saguaro, San Pedro Cactus, or Cardon Santo 'sacred cactus', Cardón, Trichocereus terscheckii, Cereus terscheckii, Pilocereus terscheckii, Trichocereus werdermannianus, Echinopsis werdermanniana. Photos Taken Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Superior, Arizona. Xeriscape Landscaping Plants For The Arizona Desert Environment.  Pictures, Photos, Information, Descriptions, Images, & Reviews. Cactus.Cardon Grande Cactus, Echinopsis terscheckii. Also called: Golden Saguaro, Argentine Saguaro, San Pedro Cactus, or Cardon Santo 'sacred cactus', Cardón, Trichocereus terscheckii, Cereus terscheckii, Pilocereus terscheckii, Trichocereus werdermannianus, Echinopsis werdermanniana. Photos Taken Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Superior, Arizona. Xeriscape Landscaping Plants For The Arizona Desert Environment.  Pictures, Photos, Information, Descriptions, Images, & Reviews. Cactus.
Cardon Grande Cactus.
Echinopsis terscheckii.
Cardon Grande Cactus.
Echinopsis terscheckii.
Cardon Grande Cactus, Echinopsis terscheckii. Also called: Golden Saguaro, Argentine Saguaro, San Pedro Cactus, or Cardon Santo 'sacred cactus', Cardón, Trichocereus terscheckii, Cereus terscheckii, Pilocereus terscheckii, Trichocereus werdermannianus, Echinopsis werdermanniana. Photos Taken Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Superior, Arizona. Xeriscape Landscaping Plants For The Arizona Desert Environment.  Pictures, Photos, Information, Descriptions, Images, & Reviews. Cactus.Cardon Grande Cactus, Echinopsis terscheckii. Also called: Golden Saguaro, Argentine Saguaro, San Pedro Cactus, or Cardon Santo 'sacred cactus', Cardón, Trichocereus terscheckii, Cereus terscheckii, Pilocereus terscheckii, Trichocereus werdermannianus, Echinopsis werdermanniana. Photos Taken Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Superior, Arizona. Xeriscape Landscaping Plants For The Arizona Desert Environment.  Pictures, Photos, Information, Descriptions, Images, & Reviews. Cactus.
Cardon Grande Cactus.
Echinopsis terscheckii.
Cardon Grande Cactus.
Echinopsis terscheckii.
Cardon Grande Cactus, Echinopsis terscheckii. Also called: Golden Saguaro, Argentine Saguaro, San Pedro Cactus, or Cardon Santo 'sacred cactus', Cardón, Trichocereus terscheckii, Cereus terscheckii, Pilocereus terscheckii, Trichocereus werdermannianus, Echinopsis werdermanniana. Photos Taken Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Superior, Arizona. Xeriscape Landscaping Plants For The Arizona Desert Environment.  Pictures, Photos, Information, Descriptions, Images, & Reviews. Cactus.Cardon Grande Cactus, Echinopsis terscheckii. Also called: Golden Saguaro, Argentine Saguaro, San Pedro Cactus, or Cardon Santo 'sacred cactus', Cardón, Trichocereus terscheckii, Cereus terscheckii, Pilocereus terscheckii, Trichocereus werdermannianus, Echinopsis werdermanniana. Photos Taken Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Superior, Arizona. Xeriscape Landscaping Plants For The Arizona Desert Environment.  Pictures, Photos, Information, Descriptions, Images, & Reviews. Cactus.
Cardon Grande Cactus.
Echinopsis terscheckii.
Cardon Grande Cactus.
Echinopsis terscheckii.

Cardon Grande Cactus.
Echinopsis terscheckii, Cactus Family ( Cactaceae ), Cardon Grande Cactus. Also called: Echinopsis terscheckii, Golden Saguaro, Argentine Saguaro, San Pedro Cactus, or Cardon Santo “sacred cactus, Cardón, Trichocereus terscheckii, Cereus terscheckii, Pilocereus terscheckii, Trichocereus werdermannianus, Echinopsis werdermanniana.

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The Cardon Grande is probably the largest Echinopsis. It is occasionally used in landscaping as a faster growing substitute to the Saguaro. It is a columnar cactus branching above ground, reaching over 25 feet tall.

Its branches are about 10 inches in diameter with 8 to 14 ribs. It has large brownish areoles about 1 inch apart. They also have 8 to 15 yellowish spines, 3 1/4 to 4 inches long.

The outer half inch of skin and flesh was used traditionally by the indians for religious purposes.

We have been told that giving this plant a little extra water, good soil and some fertilizer will make a young Cardon Grande plant grow at about a foot per year in the desert areas of Arizona.

Can take full sun but does best in some shade in Phoenix.


Quick Notes:

Height: Up to 30 feet tall. Most are about 20 - 25 feet. Spreading to about 12 feet.

Flowers: Its flowers, are white, nocturnal, up to 8 inches long, about 5 - 6 inches in diameter. They can bloom several times a year.

Blooming Time: Southern Arizona, March - April. Phoenix Area, April - May.

Fruit & Seeds: The fruits, round or oblong blue fruits that are about 1/2 inch in diameter.

Branches: Its branches are about 10 inches in diameter with 8 to 14 ribs. It has large brownish areoles about 1 inch apart.

Spines: .8 to 15 yellowish - gold spines, 3 1/4 to 4 inches long.

Fruit: The fruits, round or oblong blue fruits that are about 1/2 inch in diameter.

Seeds: Black oval - about 1/32 inch in length.

Found: Native of northwestern Argentina at Catamarca Province, altitude 1,600 feet; & on the western slopes of the Andes of Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador

Elevation: 0 -3,800 Feet.

Hardiness: Claimed to be hardy at Zone 8b. But, we have read several reports where people have had difficulty with freezing at that zone. Freeze damage between 15 °F - 17 °F.

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Some Shade

Habitat: Lower elevations where water is available. It grows well in sand, sandy loam. It needs good drainage and aeration. It is remarkably tolerant of alkali.

Miscellaneous: Maintenance: Low. Not salt tolerant. Photos Taken Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Superior, Arizona. August 25, 2008.

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