Myrtillocactus cochal is endemic to the Baja California peninsula of Mexico, and can grow to a height of six to nine feet. It has an attractive lime green color and sparse spines. The cactus at times can take on a bluish tinge. In late spring, small edible berries follow the greenish yellow flowers. The long central spines are quite thick, and each central spine has several radial spines that surround it.
Although this cactus is not usually grown in a container because of its potential size, that’s where I keep my specimen. The container will retard its growth. Cuttings are the usual method of propagation. Planting the cuttings in the hottest months of summer will provide a better chance of rooting. Cuttings need a few days to dry and callus before planting.
Whortleberry Cactus is another name used for M. cochal because of the blueberry-like fruits. The berries not only resemble blueberries, they also taste like them. I’ve eaten every berry this cactus has produced this year, and as it grows, I’ll have an even bigger crop each year!