Totem Pole Cactus (Pachycereus schottii f. monstrosus)


Totem Pole Cactus

Pachycereus schottii f. monstrosus

Known for its occasional abnormal growth forms, the unique Totem Pole Cactus adds an attractive, interesting look into any landscape, and they get extra bonus points because they have no thorns! In its native habitat of Baja California, Pachycereus schottii f. monstrosus tends to grow in colonies on rocky hillsides, and here in Southern California, you’ll often find them piquing the interest of anyone that happens to see them in a wide variety of landscapes. They are suitable for growing in pots and are often placed on a patio or balcony! Unlike many other cacti, you’ll want to feel their thornless brilliant moss green stalks because they are so smooth to the touch - they are perfectly safe to have around pets and children. Plant a few of these Totem Pole Cactus and make your landscape stand out from the rest!

Totem Pole Cactus care is quite easy. Since they’re a low maintenance plant, you don’t need to have a green thumb to grown one successfully. In fact, once established they have low to moderate watering needs. They love to grow where there’s plenty of full sun exposure and are highly resistant to heat, so they are a great choice for growing throughout the inland and desert areas of Southern California!

Palm Paradise propagates from our own private stock of premium quality specimens, and have been growing them for over 20 years! We are unique growers and we assure their quality is the best you’ll find anywhere. We have the bigger Totem Pole Cactus available, come visit us and prepare to be amazed!

  • Regular Pachycereus schotii have spines, the monstrosus form are spineless!
  • Brilliant, moss green stalks are smooth to the touch
  • Will make your landscape stand out from the rest
  • Slow growing
  • A rare, harder to find cactus available here!


Heat tolerant

Low water-use