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The Hairbrush Cactus received its name due to the hairbrush shape and use of its fruit, as well as the oval appearance that the plant itself can take on. Like many other cacti, this option is used to arid environments along the US-Mexico border, which have allowed it to become drought-resistant and require virtually no extra assistance from you. Ready to go on day one, the Hairbrush Cactus is the perfect succulent for tabletop placement, and when placed next to a collection of additional potted cacti, it is a capable source of air purification for your home!
The Pachycereus Pecten-Aboriginum, more commonly known as the Hairbrush Cactus, is an extremely common form of cactus, applauded for its ease of care in both indoor and outdoor environments. Its “hairbrush” nickname comes from the functionality of its large fruit, which was historically used as a form of hairbrush. In fact, “Pecten-Aboriginum” is a latin term that means “native combs,” indicating that the cactus has enjoyed the hairbrush comparison since it was first scientifically catalogued.
The Hairbrush Cactus is native to arid regions of Mexico, including parts of Baja California, Chiapas and the Sonoran Deserts. As a result, it is incredibly drought-resistant and requires little to no extra feeding in order to grow. Cacti are all extremely resilient plants that will all but grow themselves without any help from others.
While it can naturally grow to be up to 5 meters tall, indoor variants are designed to be much smaller upon reaching maturity. They are perfect as a tabletop succulent, and although they lack the large leaves that are generally associated with air purifying plants, Hairbrush Cacti are an excellent option for eliminating toxins within your home.
This plant is not considered toxic to humans or animals, although its spines can cause damage when consumed. The Hairbrush Cactus is actually used as a traditional form of medicine by some, and its fruit are wholly edible when prepared properly.