Trichocereus purpureopilosus cv. ‘Spinky’ | Live plant


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Cloned from a seed-grown Trichocereus purpureopilosus which we got from a Spanish grower! Live plant.

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Trichocereus purpureopilosus cv. ‘Spinky’ | Live plant

(syn. Cereus purpureopilosus cv. ‘Spinky’, Echinopsis purpureopilosa cv. ‘Spinky’)

Freaky Cacti is proud to make this rare Trichocereus purpureopilosus cv. ‘Spinky’ cactus strain available to collectors; cloned from a seed-grown mother plant we initially sourced from a friendly Spanish cultivator. These plants are available as healthy, well-rooted specimens – organically grown in the Spanish sunshine!

In its native habitat across the Andean Cordillera, Trichocereus purpureopilosus (synonymous with Cereus purpureopilosus and Echinopsis purpureopilosa) tends to grow preferentially on grassy and/or rocky slopes. Some place it within the closely-related Trichocereus lamprochlorus (the ‘Green Torch’), but we generally follow those who consider it to be a distinct species. It’s a relatively vigorous, columnar and/or clumping cactus species which is native to the Sierra de Cordoba, in Argentina.

In general, this is a glossy, deep-green-coloured cactus which reaches up to roughly sixty centimetres tall by approximately eight centimetres in diameter. Pupping from the base (unless damaged elsewhere, which can induce new growth from the wound), it produces yellow-bone-golden spines, up to no more than one centimetres long. Flowers are beautiful, white-to-pinkish-to-mauve blooms. Where available to breeders, the species’ captivating physical qualities makes it popular is as a parent of a wide assortment of cactus hybrids (including intergeneric crosses, such as Fonteyne’s popular Trichocereus cv. ‘Imperalis’). Note that we named this particular plant ‘Spinky’ purely to distinguish it from our other Trichocereus purpureopilosus genetics, so that we can try breeding them for seed one day…

Trichocereus purpureopilosus seems to respond well to broadly similar treatment as we give our other Trichocereus cacti. We grow it in a well-drained, mildly acidic to mildly alkaline soil mix (roughly equal parts soil and perlite), watering this only as the top few centimetres of soil becomes completely dry. Apply a suitable fertiliser one to three times each year as you prefer (during the active growing season). To minimise the chance of encountering rot and other undesirable issues, reduce watering to nothing/almost nothing over the colder winter season.

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Live plant


1 rooted plant


~12cm tall, ~9cm diameter








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