(Trichocereus thelegonus x Echinopsis eyriesii v. grandiflora) cv. ‘Theleflora’ | Live plant

‘Theleflora’ is a renowned Robert Gräser hybrid from the 1950s. Live plant.

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(Trichocereus thelegonus x Echinopsis eyriesii var. grandiflora) cv. ‘Theleflora’ | Live plant

(syn. (Echinopsis thelegona x Echinopsis eyriesii var. grandiflora) cv. ‘Theleflora’ | Live plant)

Here’s another – markedly difficult to obtain – cactus hybrid which is much coveted for its amazing flowers – (Trichocereus thelegonus x Echinopsis eyriesii var. grandiflora) cv. ‘Theleflora’! This is available in our shop as well-rooted clones, taken from our mother plant in Spain.

(Trichocereus thelegonus x Echinopsis eyriesii var. grandiflora) cv. ‘Theleflora’ (commonly known simply as ‘Theleflora’ or Trichocereus ‘Theleflora’) is a classic 1950s cactus hybrid by noted German breeder Robert Gräser. It’s quite hard to find this cactus available for sale, making it all the more exciting that we’re able to offer it here. Featuring distinctively rounded, notched rib formation, the plant’s wonderfully green body tends toward its mother, although is often noticeably thicker than the columns of that species. Due to this body, combined with its short spination, it’s reported that this plant is sometimes offered for sale under the name Trichocereus brevispinulous, although this identification is in error. Regarding blooms: they’re incredible! Pink-to-purple-magenta and up to approximately eighteen centimetres in diameter, possessing flower tubes more toward those of the classic Echinopsis, rather than the Trichocereus, they really are all the reason that anyone needs to add this plant to their garden!

Trichocereus thelegonus (synonymous with Cereus thelegona, Cereus thelegonus, Echinopsis thelegona, Echinopsis thelegonus, Soehrensia thelegona and Trichocereus thelegona) is a branching, columnar species native to the north-west of Argentina. It’s recorded as growing in the provinces of Jujuy, Salta and Tucumán, at between approximately five-and-a-half-thousand and one-thousand-one-hundred metres above sea level. Reaching a maximum diameter of roughly ten centimetres and a mature height of just over two metres, this distinctive species bears yellow-brown-reddish spines up to two-and-a-half centimetres long. It blooms at night, producing long, white (self-sterile) flowers and round, reddish fruit (with a diameter of roughly five or six centimetres).

This intergeneric hybrid’s father, Echinopsis eyriesii var. grandiflora, is a dark green, roughly cylindrical and globular to elongated variety, reaching approximately thirty centimetres tall by fifteen centimetres or so in diameter. The species is generally caespitose in growth and occurs in parts of Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay, preferring lowland, continental or tropical habitats up to one-thousand metres above sea level. Echinopsis eyriesii is named for French researcher Alexandre Eyries and forms a complex with Echinopsis multiflora, Echinopsis multiplex and Echinopsis oxygona (and hybrids thereof).

Plant these cacti in a well-drained, mildly-alkaline to mildly-acidic soil mix (we use roughly equal parts perlite and soil in ours), watering only when the top two or three centimetres of substrate become completely dry. Lightly fertilise (we usually apply half of the manufacturer’s recommended dosage) two or three times each year and your plant will soon reward you with good health – and some amazing flowers!



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