Trichocereus peruvianus cv. ‘John’ x Trichocereus peruvianus cv. ‘Roo’ | Live plant


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Trichocereus peruvianus ‘John’ x Trichocereus peruvianus ‘Roo’ is a rare and lovely Australian hybrid! Live plant.

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Trichocereus peruvianus cv. ‘John’ x Trichocereus peruvianus cv. ‘Roo’ | Live plant

(syn. Echinopsis peruviana x Echinopsis peruviana)

Trichocereus peruvianus ‘John’ x Trichocereus peruvianus ‘Roo’ is a beautiful ‘Peruvian Torch’ hybrid which we grew from Australian seed. Available as healthy, well-rooted plants cloned from our original mothers.

This plant’s mother cultivar, Trichocereus peruvianus ‘John’, is named after one of the owners of its birthplace, the legendary Dawson’s Cactus Garden in Bendigo, Australia. Cacti originating from these genetics tend heavily toward being chunky, “true blue” specimens, often featuring noticeably large areoles and generally forming amazing-looking plants!

The father of this excellent crossbreed is another nice peruvianus – ‘Roo’; about which we know very little, other than it’s another Australian cultivar. As always, please do let us know if you have any relevant information to share with us in this (or any other) regard…

Trichocereus peruvianus (syn. Echinopsis peruviana, ‘Peruvian Torch’) in general is a popular, vigorous columnar cactus species which is very close genetically to plants such as Trichocereus bridgesii (‘Achuma’, ‘Bolivian Torch’) and Trichocereus pachanoi (‘San Pedro’). Peruvianus is covered with fierce, reddish-brown-white spines (between approximately two and eight centimetres long) and forms frosted, blue-green coloured columns (up to approximately eighteen centimetres in diameter) that reach up to six metres tall. Gorgeous, white to whitish flowers bloom between late spring and summer. Native to the Peruvian Andes (growing at a height of around two thousand to three thousand metres), 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, the species is often used as a hedge plant and also as an important adjunct to certain indigenous medicine practices.

As with most columnar Trichocereus species, this attractive hybrid will thrive in anywhere from USDA Hardiness Zone 8 to USDA Hardiness Zone 10, where it may average roughly thirty centimetres / twelve inches of new growth per year, under ideal conditions. Grow it in a well-drained, roughly-equal blend of soil and perlite/pumice/etc. and water only when the top few centimetres of soil completely dries out (tailing off to no watering at all during the colder winter months). Apply fertiliser a few times each growing season as your plant makes its needs apparent to you!

Product Details

Product Type

Live plant


1 rooted plant


~23 cm tall

Common Name

Peruvian Torch











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