Trichocereus purpureopilosus | Live plant

Trichocereus purpureopilosus is a totally amazing cactus species from Argentina! Live plant.

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Trichocereus purpureopilosus | Live plant

(syn. Cereus purpureopilosus, Echinopsis purpureopilosa)

It took a bit of searching, so we’re incredibly glad to finally have the lovely in our cactus collection! Available from our shop as live, well-rooted plants – organically grown in Spain.

Trichocereus purpureopilosus (synonymous with Cereus purpureopilosus and Echinopsis purpureopilosa) is a white-to-pinkish-mauve-flowering cactus species which some authorities place within Trichocereus lamprochlorus (the ‘Green Torch’), while others treat it as a distinct species (as we do ourselves). Originating from Sierra de Cordoba, in Argentina, it’s a glossy deep-green, columnar to creeping and clumping cactus species, which can reach a mature height of approximately sixty centimetres (with a diameter up to roughly eight centimetres). It pups from its base and is covered with ivory-yellow-gold spines of less than one-centimetre in length.

This species is comparatively fast-growing, preferring grassy and/or rocky slopes throughout the Andean Cordillera. It’s often used as a parent of many cactus hybrids (including intergeneric crosses), such as Fonteyne’s popular Trichocereus cv. ‘Imperalis’.

Care-wise, we treat Trichocereus purpureopilosus as we do our other Trichocereus cacti. Plant it in a well-drained, mildly acidic to mildly alkaline soil, watering only when the top few centimetres of soil is completely dry to the touch. We also lightly fertilise our plants one, two or three times over the warmer months, tailing off watering over the colder, damper winter months in an effort to avoid encouraging rot or other unwanted issues.



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