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Blue Candle, Whortleberry Cactus
Scientific Name: Myrtillocactus geometrizans (Mart.) Console
Synonym: Cereus pugioniferus, Cereus geometrizans, Myrtillocactus grandiareolatus, Myrtillocactus geometrizans var. pugionifera, Myrtillocactus pugionifer
Family: Cactaceae
Blue Candle, Whortleberry Cactus (Myrtillocactus  geometrizans) Recommended Temperature Zone:
USDA: 9b-11

Frost Tolerance: Semi hardy, damaged at 25F (-4C)

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: Northern central Mexico down to Oaxaca

Growth Habits: Candelabra like tree to fifteen feet tall (4.5 m), stems 3 to 4 inches thick (7-10 cm)

Watering Needs: Regular water

Propagation: Seeds, cuttings in summer

There are forests of Whortleberry cactus in some areas of the Chihuahuan desert.

Blue Candle, Whortleberry Cactus (Myrtillocactus  geometrizans)

Blue Candle, Whortleberry Cactus (Myrtillocactus  geometrizans)

Blooming Habits:
The Blue candle starts blooming when it is 2 feet tall (60 cm). It has one inch in diameter whitish flowers in March, that turn in very sweet, edible, dark red, 1/3 inch in diameter (8 mm) fruits.

Fruiting Habits:

Cuttings will root only in hot weather.

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