Trichocereus pachanoi ‘KK339’ | ‘San Pedro’ | Live plant

‘KK339’ is a venerable and highly-regarded pachanoi from Ecuador! Live plant.

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Trichocereus pachanoi ‘KK339’ | ‘San Pedro’ | Live plant

(syn Echinopsis pachanoi, Trichocereus macrogonus subsp. pachanoi)

Now this one’s an especially nice Ecuadorian Trichocereus pachanoi variety, ‘KK339’; considered to be highly-representative of the plants of this species which grow wild in Ecuador. Cloned from our mother plant and grown organically, these are currently available from Freaky Cacti as live, well-rooted plants.

Anyway, as mentioned above, ‘KK339’ (initially collected from around Huigra, in Chanchan, Ecuador – at two-thousand metres above sea level) is considered by many aficionados to be a great example of the typical Ecuadorian pachanoi form, often surprisingly different in appearance to its Peruvian species sisters. Trichocereus pachanoi (synonymous with Echinopsis pachanoi, ‘San Pedro’) is a hardy, fast-growing columnar cactus found growing in parts of Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador and Peru. Native to the Ecuadorian and Peruvian Andes, the light to dark green pachanoi prefers an altitude range of roughly two thousand to three thousand metres, where it can grow up roughly nine metres high under ideal conditions. Its stems, usually forming multiple branches from the plants base, grow to fifteen centimetres in diameter and generally have six to eight ribs.

As with all cacti with the ‘KK’ prefix, ‘KK339’ originates from the notorious Czech cactus wholesaler and collector Karel Kníže. Based for many years in Peru (where he died in 2018), Kníže is noteworthy in the cactus world for the incredible amount of seeds and plants which he disseminated around the world throughout his long career. However, unfortunately, he’s also notorious for his seemingly very confused identification/naming conventions too (when he remembered to label his plants)! For example, many of the ‘KK’ collections feature several visually-distinct plants lumped into one collection number, not to mention the several reports (from visitors to his nursery in Peru) of plants left in close proximity to crossbreed as they wish…

On the subject of confusion: for the past few years, plants and seed labeled as ‘KK339’ have been available in Europe (and perhaps elsewhere) which – as other enthusiasts have also noted –  are completely distinct from the “classic” (much less spiny ) clone known under this identity. We also offer this newer type here in our shop, listed as ‘KK339a’.

Trichocereus pachanoi has been used by humans for literally thousands of years, for example, as an ornamental, for religious practice and in traditional human and veterinary medicine. Like most other columnar Trichocereus species, they can handle far lower temperatures than many other cacti and are therefore quite easy to grow indoors and outdoors in USDA Zones 8-10.

Averaging roughly thirty centimetres of new growth per year (in ideal conditions), this excellent Trichocereus cactus will reward you for years to come, as long as you’re willing to provide fertile, free-draining soil and regular watering! Don’t forget a little organic fertiliser once or twice a year too…

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Live plant


1 rooted plant


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Common Name

San Pedro








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