Cephalocereus senilis – Old Man Cactus, Bunny Cactus, White Persian Cat Cactus


Scientific Name

Cephalocereus senilis (Haw.) Pfeiff.

Common Names

Old Man Cactus, Old Man of Mexico, Bunny Cactus, White Persian Cat Cactus


Cephalophorus senilis, Cereus senilis, Pilocereus senilis

Scientific Classification

Family: Cactaceae
Subfamily: Cactoideae
Tribe: Echinocereeae
Genus: Cephalocereus

Cephalocereus senilis


Cephalocereus senilis is a tall, columnar growing cactus with clusters of stems that may grow to 15 – 50 feet (5 – 15 m) tall and 18 inches (45 cm) in diameter, 12 to 30 ribs, 1 to 5 central spines, up to 2 inches (5 cm) long, 20 to 30 hair-like laterals. The individual stems are usually unbranched. The 2 inches (5 cm) long, whitish pink flowers, followed by pinkish-red fruit, 0.8 – 1.2 inches (2 – 3 cm) long covered with yellowish hair.


Native to Guanajuato and Hidalgo in eastern Mexico.


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