Espostoa melanostele



Melanostele is shorter and thicker-stemmed than most species in this group. This is also a very rare species to find. This plant will eventually branch at its base and reach a height of up to 7 feet. When mature, it will be totally covered in long, woolly spines. It takes 15 years for its light-colored flowers and yellow to red berries to grow. Take special care not to overwater this species.


Espostoa haagei
Pilocereus lanatus -v- haagei
Cephalocereus melanostele
Binghamia melanostele
Pseudoespostoa melanostele

Plant Details
USDA Zone Information: 
Flower : 
Ideal Light Conditions: 
Ideal Water Conditions: 
Moderate in summer, dry in winter 'Do Not Overwater'
Speed of Growth: 
Mature Height: 
7 ft
Mature Width: 
Space 3-4 ft apart
Latin Name: 
Espostoa melanostele
Common Name: 
Old Lady Cactus

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