Trichocereus validus cv. ‘Condy’ | ‘Giant Cup Cactus’ | Live plant

A real rarity – an apparently uncommon type of Trichocereus validus! Live plant.

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Trichocereus validus cv. ‘Condy’ | ‘Giant Cup Cactus’, ‘Spiny Hedgehog Cactus’ | Live plant

(syn. Echinopsis valida cv. ‘Condy’, Echinopsis validus cv. ‘Condy’)

Grown by a local shopkeeper in Sabadell, Spain, this Trichocereus validus cv. ‘Condy’ was originally gifted to us as a pup (roughly thirty-centimetres in diameter!) taken from a mature (big) plant of uncertain provenance. Also knoen informally as the ‘Giant Cup Cactus’ and ‘Spiny Hedgehog Cactus’, this validus seemingly possesses different genetics to the two or three other types we’ve encountered on the collector’s circuit. Perhaps needless to say, but this is another of our EU exclusives.

An attractive, columnar cactus species from Bolivia, validus is often conjectured to be a subspecies of/closely related to Trichocereus terscheckii, Trichocereus uyupampensis and/or Trichocereus werdermannianus. It’s synonymous with Cereus forbesiiCereus validissimus, Echinopsis chacoana var. spinosior, Echinopsis forbesii, Echinopsis pentlandii var. forbesii, Echinopsis robbinsonianaEchinopsis rhodotricha, Echinopsis rhodotricha subsp. chacoana, Echinopsis rhodotricha var. argentinensis, Echinopsis rhodotricha var. brevispina, Echinopsis rhodotricha var. robusta, Echinopsis rhodotricha var. roseiflora, Echinopsis spegazzinii, Echinopsis valida, Echinopsis validusEchinopsis valida var. forbesii, Lobivia pentlandii var. forbesii, Trichocereus forbesii and Trichocereus rhodotricha.

Trichocereus validus is a dark green species which grows erect to approximately ten metes tall and roughly forty centimetres in diameter, branching slowly over time. Its spines, red-yellow-grey in colour, can reach up to around ten centimetres in length. The flowers of this species are lightly hairy, white to whitish in colour and up to approximately fifteen centimetres in length and diameter. Its hairy, round dark-green fruit is up to four centimetres or so long.

This species seems quite easy to grow from cuttings in USDA Hardiness Zones 8-11 – especially when treated similarly to other Trichocereus species. Provide a well-drained soil, water only when the top layer becomes completely dry and fertilise over the summer months. Avoid frost at all costs, else your plant will most likely rot from the roots up!

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Live plant


1 rooted plant


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Common Name

Giant Cup Cactus








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