Cephalocereus senilis

Scientific Name:  Cephalocereus senilis
Common Name:  Old Man Cactus
Other Names:  Mexican Old Man
Etymology:  Cephalocereus: kaphale (head) [Greek]; cereus (wax taper or candle) [Latin]
Senilis: senilis (an old or aged man) [Latin]
Origin:  Mexico
Light:  Full sun.
Soil:  Typical mix: 1 part potting soil to 1 part coarse sand.
Water:  Typical: Drench soil and let dry from Spring through Fall. Water sparingly during Winter dormancy period.
Min Temperature:  40F.
Blooms:  Pink
Comments:  The long white hairs are actually long spines that benefit the plant by reducing sun exposure and by trapping a layer of air next to the cactus body. This helps to cool the plant in the summer and keep it warm in the winter. Our plant was purchased at the
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