Echinopsis eyriesii f. cristata | ‘Crested Sea Urchin Cactus’ | Live plant


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Echinopsis eyriesii f. cristata, the beautiful ‘Crested Sea Urchin Cactus’! Live plant.

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Echinopsis eyriesii f. cristata | ‘Crested Easter Lily Cactus’, ‘Crested Sea Urchin Cactus’ | Live plant

Another eye-catching addition to our extensive range of mutant cacti and succulents, Echinopsis eyriesii f. cristata is a bizarre, crested form which is rather popular among collectors. This listing is for live, rooted plants.

This is an eye-catching mutant type of Echinopsis eyriesii which apparently originates from nursery cultivation. A variegated form of this cristate cactus (Echinopsis eyriesii f. cristata variegata) is also known. Eyriesii as standard is a dark green and roughly cylindrical, globular to elongated cactus which reaches approximately thirty centimetres tall by fifteen centimetres / twelve inches by six inches or so in diameter. However, this crested type forms crazy, brain-like and fanning mounds (as do many other cristate cacti).

The species as a whole is generally caespitose in growth and occurs in parts of Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay, preferring lowland, continental or tropical habitats up to one-thousand metres / three-thousand-two-hundred-and-eighty-feet above sea level. It’s named for French researcher Alexandre Eyries and forms a complex with Echinopsis multiflora, Echinopsis multiplex and Echinopsis oxygona (and hybrids thereof).

Plant this one in a well-drained, mildly-alkaline to mildly-acidic soil mix – we generally use roughly equal parts perlite and soil in ours – and water only once the top few centimetres / inches of soil are dry to the touch. Lightly fertilise two or three times each year and your plant will soon reward you with impressive growth!

Product Details

Product Type

Live plant


1 rooted plant


~9 cm tall, ~12 cm diameter

Common Name

Crested Sea Urchin Cactus







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