Espostoa senilis

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To the eye, espostoa senilis looks more like a soft, fluffy cylindrical toy than a spiny cactus, but that is due to the heavy layer of white downy hair completely covering it. Growing in tall dark green columns, it branches at the base, often giving the impression that several columns are growing at once. When flowering, it produces a stunningly attractive tubular purple blossom with a pale yellow centre. Commonly referred to by its botanical name, it thrives in dry soils or soil with very good drainage, in warm temperatures in full sun locations. It also prefers the outdoors, usually failing when cultivated in containers. It appreciates fertilizer and regular watering in summer.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 2 - 3
Spread [m]
  • 0.6
Dominant flower colour
  • Purple
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Early summer
  • Mid summer
  • Late summer
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Foliage in winter
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • seed
Growth habit
  • Branching
Hardiness zone
  • Z14-15
Heat zone
  • H12-10
Heat days
  • 150 - 210
  • well-drained
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
Standard category
  • Cacti & succulents
  • Cacti
Grown for
  • Unusual look
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • For Beginners
Garden type
  • Indoor or winter garden
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 10 years