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PlantFiles: Peyote, Mescal Button, Dumpling Cactus
Lophophora williamsii var. fricii

Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lophophora (lof-OH-for-uh) (Info)
Species: williamsii var. fricii

Synonym:Lophophora diffusa subsp. fricii
Synonym:Peyotl zacatensis var. fricii
Synonym:Lophophora fricii
Synonym:Lophophora williamsii f. fricii

9 members have or want this plant for trade.

Cactus and Succulents

under 6 in. (15 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)
6-9 in. (15-22 cm)
9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From woody stem cuttings
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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By Kada
Thumbnail #1 of Lophophora williamsii var. fricii by Kada

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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Kada On Jun 18, 2007, Kada from Southern
Taiwan wrote:

Very nice lophophora with very strange rib formation. Classic skin colour but a very nice deep pink bloom.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Mcallen, Texas

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