Cereus aethiops
Cereus aethiops
Cereus aethiops
Cereus aethiops
Cereus aethiops
Cereus aethiops
Cereus aethiops
Cereus aethiops
Cereus aethiops
Cereus aethiops

Cereus aethiops

(This plant comes in a 2.5-inch pot. All our plants are grown under the same conditions, although not all the plants are the same. You will receive a similar plant in size and shape to the ones in the pictures. Our plants are hand-picked and carefully selected to bring you the best quality possible. Please allow us up to 3 business days to process your order. If you wish to receive your order on a specific date, or have special instructions, please add a note at the checkout. The plant is shipped in its pot to prevent any damage to the roots.)

Origin and Habitat: Argentina

Cereus aethiops is a shrubby, erect, more or less columnar cactus, sometimes prostrate, usually much branched from the base, to 2 m high, 1.5 m wide, with blue waxy coating on young stems and peculiar black spines. It is one of the few true Cereus which will flower when small (on 50 cm tall plants), the night-blooming flowers are fragrant, white to pale pink, to 20 cm long.

Cultivation and Propagation: Cereus aethiops is a slow growing cactus kept for the beauty of its form and flowers. It is a summer grower species. Easy to cultivate but somewhat rot prone if kept in a non ventilated place, especially after planting.
Growth rate: Slow-growing and very long-lived. 
Soils: It likes very porous mineral cactus mix soil, but can become too elongated if compost is too rich.
Repotting: This plant needs plenty of space for its roots, repotting should be done every other year or when the it has outgrown its pot. Use pot with good drainage.
Watering: Needs moderate in summer, but do not overwater (extremely rot prone), keep dry in winter.
Hardiness: Reputedly resistant to frost if kept on the dry side prior to, and during, cold weather (hardy to -12 C ° C, or less for short periods).
Exposition: The plant tolerates extremely bright situations. Blasting full sun encourages flowering and

Some of the information in this description has been found at desert-tropicals.com, llifle.com and cactus-art.biz

Blooming Season Mid summer
Common Name Cereus
Dormancy Winter
Family Cactaceae
Flower Pale pink
Frost Tolerance -12°c (Or less)
Growth Rate Slow growth
Hardiness Zone 9a to 11
Height 6-12 ft.
Origin Northern argentina
Pot Size 3.5"
Scientific Name Cereus aethiops
Shape Columnar
Sun Exposure Full sun
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Joshua M.
United States United States

My first experience ordering from planetdesert

Ordering was very easy and I liked the photos and description of all the cacti. I ordered 3 cactus and when I opened the box I was surprised how well packed everything came. After un wrapping the cactus they were all in perfect condition and really nice looking. I'll definitely be ordering again .

Kenneth J.
United States United States

The plants came in great shape and the packaging was outstanding. Definitely buy from here again. Thank you!!

James S.
United States United States

I like it

Arrived promptly, in perfect condition. The black spines contrast nicely with the white ones. Looks pleasantly dangerous. I'm attracted to plants with uncommon color and /or structure.

Jeremy L.
United States United States


Arrived very well packaged and healthy! Can’t wait to see this little guy grow up!

Kay S.
United States United States

Spiny guy

Cool little cacti

Cereus aethiops

6 reviews

SKU: 1090

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