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Orange Apple Cactus

Cereus validus

Similar to the common apple cactus but with an orange colored fruit. The fruits have white, edible flesh with a mildly sweet flavor. The plants themselves also make attractive landscape specimens.

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A columnar cactus growing to 10-15 feet. Has 4-5" stems that show occasional branching. Flowers are white, up to 10" long, and bloom during the night.


Hardy to light frosts, probably to 28-32F.

Growing Environment

Grows well in full sun. Need minimal water once established and is not too picky about soil requirements.


By seeds or cuttings.


Most of used as a landscape ornamental, particularly for arid gardens. The fruit is edible as well.

Native Range

Native to Eastern Bolivia and Argentina.

Related Species

Cereus jamacaru
Pleated Cereus
Cereus repandus
Peruvian Apple Cactus
Cereus validus
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Hylocereus undatus
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