Trichocereus candicans | ‘Argentine Giant’ | Live plant


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Seed-grown Trichocereus candicans (‘Argentine Giant’). Live plant.

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Trichocereus candicans | ‘Argentine Giant’ | Live plant

(syn. Echinopsis candicans, Trichocereus gladiatus)

We’re pleased to say that these are some great, seed-grown specimens of the ‘Argentine Giant’ cactus, Trichocereus candicans (synonymous with Echinopsis candicans and Trichocereus gladiatus)!

A clumping, light yellow-green columnar cactus native to the desert of northern and western Argentina, this (extremely variable in appearance) species grows up to three metres across, while individual stems reach roughly sixty to seventyfive centimetres in length. Such stems have a diameter of up to fifteen centimetres and generally between nine and eleven ribs. Brown-yellow spines grow between four and ten centimetres in length. As with all the other Trichocereus species, candicans forms very beautiful and highly fragrant flowers! In this case, they’re commonly white to whitish (although can be red or yellow too, given the greatly intermingled genetics of the species), self-sterile, average roughly twenty centimetres across and bloom only at night (between mid-spring and early summer).

A naturally gregarious species, candicans is considered to be especially closely related and/or to interbreed with Trichocereus huascha (syn. Trichocereus grandiflorus), Trichocereus lamprochlorus, Trichocereus neolamprochlorus, Trichocereus pseudocandicans and Trichocereus strigosa. Further, there are many recognised varieties (notably Trichocereus candicans var. gladiatus, Trichocereus candicans var. robustior, Trichocereus candicans var. rubriflorus and Trichocereus candicans var. tenuispinus) and popular artificial hybrids. As with Trichocereus pachanoi, this cactus provides excellent grafting stock.

This species is very easy to cultivate outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 9-11. Plant in a mildly acidic to mildly alkaline mineral-based soil, leaving roughyl one-and-a-half to two-metres space between each plant (so they have sufficient room). Place somewhere  in full sun to partial shade and water moderately whenever the soil is completely dry to the touch. this cactus is quite drought and frost tolerant (minimum average temperature: 10°C), considering its origins.

Product Details

Product Type

Live plant


1 rooted plant


~6 cm tall, ~6 cm diameter

Common Name

Argentine Giant







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