Cereus hildmannianus

Accession Count: 35
Common Name: Hildmann's cereus, hedge cactus
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Family Name: Cactaceae
Botanical Name: Cereus hildmannianus
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Characteristics: Cereus hildmannianus is a columnar, tree-like cactus with numerous branches. This cactus can achieve a height of 30 feet, and a width of ten feet. The stems are cylindrical, segmented, and blue-green to dull green in color. Each stem has four to six ribs, and is spineless. C. hildmannianus is usually misidentified as Peruvian cereus, but C. peruvianus is very frost tender.
Compound: Cer hil
Geographic Origin: South America
Ecozone Origin: Neotropic
Biome Origin:
Natural History:
Cultivation Notes: C. hildmannianus is a low maintenance cactus known to flourish in gravely soil, which can be grown in all xeriscape zones. This cactus grows best in full sun with a moderate amount of water. This cactus is hardy to about 15°F. Often, cuttings from mature plants are used to propagate Hildmann's cereus, but it can be grown from seeds as well.
Ethnobotany: In landscapes, C. hildmannianus is an excellent plant by itself, and can also be used as a patio cactus.

Height: 20 - 50 feet
Width: 6 - 10 feet
Growth Rate: Fast Growing
Grow Season: Summer
Flower Season: ForeSummer
Color: White
Function: Habitat
Spread: Non-spreading
Allergen: Non-allergenic
Invasive: Benign
Toxicity: Benign
Hardy: Hardy
Water Use: Moderate Water Use


  1. Arizona Desert Museum
  2. Urban Landscape Committee. Desert Accent Plants. Arizona Native Plant Society, 1992.

Cereus hildmannianus