Trichocereus peruvianus cv. ‘Betsy’ x Trichocereus peruvianus cv. ‘Clyde’ | Live plant

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A relatively obscure – yet extremely cool – ‘Peruvian Torch’ hybrid by Misplant! Live plant.

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Trichocereus peruvianus cv. ‘Betsy’ x Trichocereus peruvianus cv. ‘Clyde’ | ‘Peruvian Torch’ | Live plant

(Syn. Echinopsis peruviana cv. ‘Betsy’ x Echinopsis peruviana cv. ‘Clyde’, Trichocereus macrogonus subsp. peruvianus cv. ‘Betsy’ x Trichocereus macrogonus subsp. peruvianus cv. ‘Clyde’, Trichocereus macrogonus var. peruvianus cv. ‘Betsy’ x Trichocereus macrogonus var. peruvianus cv. ‘Clyde’)

Originally grown by Freaky Cacti from Misplant seeds, Trichocereus peruvianus cv. ‘Betsy’ x Trichocereus peruvianus cv. ‘Clyde’ combines the elegance of the attractive ‘Betsy’ with the charming, relative newcomer, ‘Clyde’… The plants we sell of this type are cloned from several of our seed-grown mother plants.

Both parents, ‘Betsy’ and ‘Clyde’, are strains of the fast-growing columnar cactus Trichocereus peruvianus (syn. Echinopsis peruviana) – closely related to Trichocereus bridgesii (‘Achuma’, ‘Bolivian Torch’) and Trichocereus pachanoi (‘San Pedro’). Covered with fierce, reddish-brown-white spines (between approximately two and eight centimetres long), the species grows frosted, blue to green coloured columns (up to roughly eighteen centimetres in diameter) that reach up to six metres tall. Gorgeous, white to whitish blooms appear between late spring and summer.

Native to the Peruvian Andes (growing at a height of around two-thousand to three-thousand-metres above sea level), peruvianus forms a complex intergrade with related species including Trichocereus cuzcoensis and Trichocereus macrogonus, which loosely comprises of many fantastic varieties and hybrids. As are many of the columnar Trichocereus species, peruvianus is often used as a hedge plant and also as an important adjunct to certain indigenous medicine practices.

Peruvianus grows easily outside (anywhere in USDA Hardiness Zones 8-11) or indoors. We use a mildly acidic to mildly alkaline soil mix (equal parts earth and perlite), progressing from light shade to full to partial sun as the young plants mature. When planting in the ground, space these plants between fifty centimetres and a metre apart, so that they have ample room to grow. Allow the soil to completely dry out between watering, reducing over the winter months as per your local climate. We apply a suitable fertilise a few times each growing season, for optimum growth.

Product Details

Product Type

Live plant


1 rooted plant


~8 cm tall, ~9 cm tall

Common Name

Peruvian Torch











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