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Scientific Name: Hylocereus polyrhizus (F.A.C. Weber) Britton & Rose
Synonym: Cereus polyrhizus
Family: Cactaceae
Pitajaya (Hylocereus  polyrhizus) Recommended Temperature Zone:
USDA: 10-12

Frost Tolerance: Hardy to 30F (-1C)

Minimum Avg. Temperature: 55F (12C)

Heat Tolerance: No direct sun, or morning sun only in summer in Phoenix

Sun Exposure: Part shade

Origin: Nicaragua to Ecuador

Growth Habits: Sprawling cactus, stems up to 7 feet long (2 m)

Watering Needs: Regular water


The Hylocereus polyrhizus is a South American epiphyte cactus.

Photo USDA

Blooming Habits:

Fruiting Habits:
The edible wine colored fruits are 4 inches long (10 cm). They have a white spongy pulp with small black seeds and thick skin. They are considered about the best cactus fruits.

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