Pachycereus pringlei is also known as the Mexican giant cactus and the elephant cactus - because these are the giants of the cacti world! In fact, the largest cactus ever recorded was a Pachycereus pringlei.
It is commonly known as cardón, a name derived from the Spanish word cardo, meaning "thistle".
Large stands of this cactus still exist in Mexico, but many have been destroyed as land has been cleared for cultivation.
The fruit of this cactus was an important food for the Seri people in Sonora, who call the cactus xaasj.
The flesh of this cactus contains alkaloids, and may have been used as a psychoactive plant in Mexico.
Cacti live in deserts and shrubland, therefore they need free-draining compost and low fertility.
This is a succulent plant that stores water in the stem. Therefore when you water, do it thoroughly but be sure to throw away any excess because this can lead to root-rot.