Golden Cereus

Bergerocactus emoryi | Also known as: Snake Cactus, Golden Spine Cereus Cereus emoryi | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

A distinctive cactus plant, bergerocactus emoryi is better known by its alternative botanical name, golden cereus, but its common name, snake cactus, is quite apt too. Tall and slender, from a distance it appears as if a snake were standing upright. The golden cereus grows in clusters rather than singularly and its pale brown spines are so thick, the plant has a golden hue. When flowering in summer, pale yellow blossoms appear near the tip of each column. The golden cereus prefers sandy dry soils and lots of sun, but is hardy enough to cope with low temperatures. Ideal for gravel beds, it also makes a perfect potted plant.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0.6
Spread [m]
  • 0.45
Dominant flower colour
  • Yellow
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
  • basal cuttings
Growth habit
  • Branching
  • Erect
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
  • Ornamental Foliage
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • For Beginners
Garden type
  • Indoor or winter garden
  • Containers
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 10 years