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Chiotilla, Jiotilla
Scientific Name: Escontria chiotilla (Weber) Rose
Synonym: Cereus chiotilla, Myrtillocactus chiotilla
Family: Cactaceae
Chiotilla, Jiotilla (Escontria  chiotilla)
Escontria chiotilla at the DBG
Recommended Temperature Zone:
USDA: 9b-10

Minimum Avg. Temperature: 55°F (12°C)

Sun Exposure:

Origin: Mexico (Guerrero, Michoacán, Oaxaca, southern Puebla)

Growth Habits: Tree-like cactus, up to 23 feet tall (7 m); 7 or 8 acute ribs; areoles very close or confluent; 10 to 15 short radials, 1 longer central, up to 2.8 inches long (7 cm) sometimes flattened.

Watering Needs:


Chiotilla are grown for their fruit. The fruits are delicious, they can be eaten raw, or made in jam, ice creams or drinks. It is sold in the Mexican markets as 'jiotilla' or 'chiotilla'.

Escontria chiotilla at the DBG

in Britton and Rose

Blooming Habits:
Diurnal flowers, up to 1.2 inches long (3 cm). The edible fruit is scaly, grayish green, with a red pulp, up to 2 inches in diameter (5 cm).

Fruiting Habits:

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