Stenocactus Multicostatus – Specimen


Stenocactus multicostatus, known as the Brain Cactus for its rippling, wavy ribs, is a fascinating plant native to Mexico. Large spikes emerge from areoles along the densely pleated ribs. This specimen has a heavily corked base, essentially a "tree trunk" and a sign of a mature cactus.

Please note: The plant pictured is the exact plant you will receive. Planter is not included. Plant ships bare root.

Native to Mexico.


These cacti prefer lots of sun, at least five hours of direct sun daily. Avoid intense afternoon sun. Grow outdoors in light shade or indoors in a sunny window with southern exposure and direct sun. 


Stenocactus multicostatus prefer to stay on the dry side. In the summer water them only when the soil has dried out entirely. Always error on the side of underwatering. They are built to withstand drought, and overwatering is one of the quickest ways to kill them.

Tula's Tip

Stenocactus multicostatus will produce clusters of purple and white striped flowers about 1 inch wide, usually between spring and summer. Exposing your cactus to drought while it is dormant during the winter will encourage blooming during the growing season. Fertilize: These plants do not require fertilizer though it can be added to give container grown plants a boost or to supplement poor soil. Apply a water-soluble, balanced fertilizer monthly, diluted at half strength.


Approx. 9" tall and 4" at widest point. Every plant will vary in size, color and shape.



Delivery Method

Nationwide shipping, NYC delivery and pickup available. Delivered Bare root