Botanical Name: Cereus peruvianus
Common Name: Peruvian-Apple Cactus, Pitaya  
Plant photo of: Cereus peruvianus
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Succulent, Cactus


Height Range

3-6', 6-12'


Flower Color

Yellow, White


Flower Season

Spring, Summer


Leaf Color

Green, Blue Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color

Green, Red


Fruit Season



Full, Half



Very Low


Growth Rate

Moderate, Slow


Soil Type

Sandy, Loam, Rocky


Soil Condition

Average, Poor, Well-drained, Dry


Soil pH

Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors

Attracts Bees, Thorns/Spines

Design Styles

Ranch, Spanish


Accenting Features

Silhouette, Specimen, Unusual Shape


Seasonal Interest

Spring, Summer


Location Uses

Parking Strip, Patio, Raised Planter, With Rocks


Special Uses

Container, Fire Resistant


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Jerry Sortomme Editor
Photographer: Susan Frommer
  • Description

  • Notes

This cactus can grow 25' high and produces large, white blooms. It does best in full sun and dry soil.
Planting: 1. Dig a hole 1" less the depth and 2 times the width of the container. 2. Fill hole with water, let soak. 3. Set root ball in hole. 4. Fill hole halway with native soil and water. 5. Finish backfilling hole, build basin and water.