Trichocereus chiloensis v. zizkianus | ‘Quisco’ | Live plant


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Zizkianus is a popular variety of Trichocereus chiloensis, here grown from seed. Live plant.

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Trichocereus chiloensis v. zizkianus | ‘Cacto’, ‘Khishka’ ‘Quisco’ | Live plant

(syn. Cereus chilensis v. zizkaanus, Cereus chiloensis v. zizkaanus, Cereus zizkaanus, Echinopsis chiloensis v. zizkaana, Trichocereus chiloensis v. zizkaanus)

Check out this fiercely-spined Trichocereus chiloensis v. zizkianus – available from our shop as healthy and well-rooted seed-grown plants.

We can’t find much detail about this particulat variety, besides that it’s perhaps synonymous with Trichocereus chiloensis v. borealis (as well as definitely synonymous with Cereus chilensis v. zizkaanus, Cereus chiloensis v. zizkaanus, Cereus zizkaanus, Echinopsis chiloensis v. zizkaana and Trichocereus chiloensis v. zizkaanus. Our plants aren’t large enough yet to be that distinguishable from other forms of chiloensis, let alone flower, so we’ll have to update this listing as time goes on to make it more informative.

Another gorgeous Chilean cactus species, Trichocereus chiloensis is known informally by names such as ‘Cacto’, ‘Easter Lily Cactus’, ‘Hedgehog Cactus’, ‘Khishka’, ‘Quisco’ and ‘Sea Urchin Cactus’. It’s also known under a bewildering array of synonyms, including Cereus chiloensis, Echinopsis bolligerianus, Echinopsis chilensis, Echinopsis chiloensis, Echinopsis litoralis, Echinopsis skottsbergii, Trichocereus bolligerianus, Trichocereus chilensis, Trichocereus litoralis, Trichocereus nigripilus, Trichocereus skottsbergii and Trichocereus spinibarbis.

Occurring in the wild along coastal regions of Chile (at between zero and two thousand metres above sea level), chiloensis prefers forests and hillsides on the edge of the Chilean Andes. A close relative of the magnificent Trichocereus terscheckii, chiloensis is (eventually) a tree-like, branching columnar that can grow up to approximately eight metres tall. Much variation is possible between the various forms of this spiny species, but its columns (traditionally used to make rain sticks) reach a maximum of roughly fifteen centimetres in diameter, with fierce, yellow-grey spikes up to about ten centimetres in length. Unlike many related Trichocereus a day-blooming species, chiloensis‘ fantastic white-whitish flowers appear from mid-spring to early autumn and grow to roughly fourteen centimetres in length. Several other beautiful chiloensis varieties are currently recognised, including var. australis, var. borealis, var. conjungens, var. eburneus, var. funkii and var. panhoplites.

Chiloensis is easy and fun to grow, either indoors or outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 9-11. Plant in a mildly acidic to mildly alkaline, well-drained soil mix (we prefer roughly equal measures of cactus soil, sand and perlite) and place somewhere in full sun to partial shade with a temperature of between 25-30°C. Only water once the soil is completely dry and you should be enjoying this lovely plant for many years to come!

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1 rooted plant


~3cm diameter, ~4cm tall

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