Trichocereus tarijensis v. poco x Trichocereus rowleyi (ex. grandiflorus) | Live plant


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Trichocereus tarijensis v. poco x Trichocereus rowleyi (ex. grandiflorus) | Live plant

(syn. Cereus poco x Trichocereus rowleyi, Echinopsis poco x Trichocereus rowleyi, Helianthocereus poco x Trichocereus rowleyi, Lobivia formosa v. poco x Trichocereus rowleyi, Trichocereus narvaecensis x Trichocereus rowleyi, Trichocereus poco x Trichocereus rowleyi, Trichocereus poco v. fricianus x Trichocereus rowleyi, Trichocereus totorillanus x Trichocereus rowleyi)

We’re pleased to stock this excellent Trichocereus tarijensis v. poco x Trichocereus rowleyi (synonymous with Trichocereus grandiflorus) hybrid in the Freaky Cacti shop – available as seed-grown, well-rooted plants.

This plant’s mother, Trichocereus tarijensis var. poco, has been described under various botanical names, making it synonymous with Cereus poco, Echinopsis poco, Helianthocereus poco, Lobivia formosa var. poco, Trichocereus narvaecensis, Trichocereus poco, Trichocereus poco var. fricianus and Trichocereus totorillanus. Initially growing with a semi-globular-semi-columnar habit, possessing approximately fifteen to twenty fine, sharp spines, poco really asserts its individuality once it reaches between fifty to seventy-five centimetres in height, as the spination gets thicker, more crooked and twisty (as well as roughly doubling in number). Rather variable in appearance (within certain parameters), such plants may possess anywhere between twenty and thirty-ish ribs, while their flowers, ten to fifteen centimetres in length, are commonly coloured orange-to-red – although beige, peach, pink and white (respectively) blooms have also been observed.

Serving as father, Trichocereus rowleyi (ex. Trichocereus grandiflorus; synonymous with Echinopsis grandiflora, Helianthocereus grandiflorus, Lobivia grandiflora, Soehrensia grandiflora, Trichocereus huascha var. grandiflora, etc.) and Trichocereus huascha var. grandiflorus.) is a hardy, multi-ribbed columnar species from Argentina (specifically, native to the region of Catamarca). Commonly called ‘Desert’s Blooming Jewel’ or ‘Red Torch’, it’s thought to be close to – or even a form of – Trichocereus huascha (albeit with noticeably shorter spination compared to the latter’s type). It’s appearance is also highly-reminiscent of Trichocereus schickendantzii (difference include the colour of its flower and the way it branches). Trichocereus rowleyi grows to a maximum height of roughly ninety-centimetres / three-feet. Its green columns grow to a mature diameter of up to ten centimetres / four inches or so, with more sprouting from the plant’s base (starting as small, globular pups) profusely as time goes on. Spination is generally up to one-centimetre / half-an-inch (approximately), needle-like and coloured brown-red-tan-yellow. This species is known for its incredibly impressive flowers! Funnel-shaped and up to roughly twenty-five centimetres / ten inches in diameter, these night-blooming flowers are most often red, although are commonly also orange, yellow (or various similar hues; occasionally white). Matters are complicated due to the extreme popularity of this species as a parent for a multitude of Trichocereus and intergeneric hybrids, resulting in all sorts of forms – and confusion!

We grow our Trichocereus cacti in a well-drained, mildly-alkaline soil mix, watering moderately during the growing season and fertilising lightly once or twice each year. Given its native environment in Argentina and Bolivia, this is also a cactus which should be kept away from frost, as it’s a little less cold-hardy than pachanoi, etc.

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1 rooted plant


~4cm diameter, ~5cm tall










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