Mexican Organ Pipe Cactus

Stenocereus marginatus | Also known as: Jarritos, Marginatocereus marginatus | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

Looking almost plastic, stenocereus marginatus is a stiff, columnar species of cactus with a cleanly defined mid-green stem that is rough to the touch, and areoles on the rib edges that resemble stitching. Commonly called the Mexican organ pipe cactus, its spines are tiny and yellow, while in spring, it flowers, producing as many as two tiny pink blossoms from each areole. As a tender plant, the Mexican organ pipe cactus is no fan of cold weather so it is best to grow under glass. It requires direct sun and well-drained soil, generous watering in summer and hardly any in winter. When growing from seed, high humidity levels are needed.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 6
Spread [m]
  • 6
Dominant flower colour
  • White
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Early summer
  • Mid summer
  • Late summer
Foliage in spring
  • Grey-green
Foliage in summer
  • Grey-green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Grey-green
Foliage in winter
  • Grey-green
Propagation methods
  • seed
  • stem tip cuttings
Growth habit
  • Branching
  • Erect
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
  • 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