Creeping Devil Cactus

Stenocereus eruca | Also known as: Caterpillar Cactus, Casa de Ratas Machaerocereus eruca | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

To the eye, stenocereus eruca looks as though it has simply collapsed to the ground, but in fact, it is one of the very few species of ground hugging cacti. Commonly known as the creeping devil cactus, it is far from being a friendly plant. It has large, sharp dagger-like spines that make walking over them extremely difficult, and smaller, needle-like spines to cloak its dark green stem beneath. It flowers in spring, producing narrow, trumpet-shaped blossoms at night, usually pink or white. A lover of sandy, well-drained soil, it is an interesting choice for garden groundcover, but the required hot climate reduces its suitable locations to just a few.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0.3
Spread [m]
  • 0
Dominant flower colour
  • Mixed colours
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Early spring
  • Mid spring
  • Late spring
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Foliage in winter
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • seed
  • stem tip cuttings
Growth habit
  • Bushy
  • Creeping
Hardiness zone
  • Z13-15
Heat zone
  • H12-10
Heat days
  • 150 - 210
  • well-drained
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
Standard category
  • Cacti & succulents
  • Cacti
Grown for
  • Ornamental use
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • For Beginners
Garden type
  • Indoor or winter garden
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 10 years