Trichocereus shaferi | Live plant


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This certainly appears to be the “true” Trichocereus shaferi… Live plant.

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Trichocereus shaferi | Live plant

(syn. Cereus leucanthus, Echinocactus leucanthus, Echinonyctanthus leucanthus, Echinopsis leucantha, Echinopsis schickendantzii f. shaferi, Trichocereus schickendantzii f. shaferi)

Here’s another (much!) harder-to-find cactus species which we took a while to add to our collection: Trichocereus shaferi – yet another amazing cactus species! Available as live, well-rooted plants, cloned from our original mother plant.

This one’s a little confusing as it’s garnered several descriptions and is/has been synonymous with multiple botanical names (as, indeed, are most of the Trichocereus genus), including Cereus leucanthus, Echinocactus leucanthus, Echinonyctanthus leucanthus, Echinopsis leucantha, Echinopsis schickendantzii f. shaferi and Trichocereus schickendantzii f. shaferi. Notably, other plants seem to have folded into the name Echinopsis leucantha too (check out our listings for that for comparison) – despite appearing to us as completely different species from each other! We never claimed to be botanists… Anyway, the type of this species is around the city of San Lorenzo (in Argentina’s Santa Fe province), at one-thousand-eight-hundred metres above sea level. A potential regional variety of the species was also reported, near the village of León, in Jujuy province; growing on rocky slopes between one-thousand-five-hundred and one-thousand-eight-hundred metres above sea level. Seeds of this variety were for a time comparatively widely distributed, by German botanist Friedrich Ritter, as ‘FR41’.

So, as far as we can tell, the plant described here is indeed a “true”/”pure” strain of Trichocereus shaferi, based on its general appearance and given its medium-to-large, round white flowers. We say this as the rest of the (few) apparent specimens of this plant we’ve come across inevitably involve some sort of hybrid thereof, which is often most obvious during flowering time. Shaferi proper is a grey-to-green, semi-prostrate, columnar cactus species which pups from its base, reaches up to one-and-a-half-metres in height and produces stems with a maximum diameter of roughly twelve centimetres (and between fifteen and twenty furrowed ribs with white-felted areoles). Its thin, needle-like spines are yellow to brown in colour, growing to approximately two-centimetres long. The fruit of this species – coloured greenish, covered in white-to-whitish hair and with a mature diameter of up to five centimetres or so – is reportedly edible to homo sapiens.

Based on our own experience, shaferi responds well to similar treatment to other Argentine Trichocereus species, which we essentially treat the same as our South American plants – bar allowing them a bit less water. Grow them in a well-drained, mildly acidic to mildly alkaline soil mix (we make our ours with roughly equal parts soil and perlite) and water only as the top layer of soil dries out. Fertilise lightly with a suitable product two or three times each year (during the growing season only) and avoid frosts for a healthy, happy and beautiful plant.

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Live plant


1 rooted plant


~8 cm diameter, ~30 cm tall







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