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Echinopsis huascha

Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Echinopsis (ek-in-OP-sis) (Info)
Species: huascha (WAS-kuh) (Info)

Synonym:Lobivia grandiflora
Synonym:Helianthocereus grandiflorus
Synonym:Trichocereus rowleyi
Synonym:Trichocereus huascha
Synonym:Cereus huascha

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Alpines and Rock Gardens
Cactus and Succulents

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

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

Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:

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


Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

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:
From woody stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
Allow cut surface to callous over before planting

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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3 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral 1077011947 On Dec 19, 2012, 1077011947 from Greer, SC wrote:

I live in a zone 8a climate in Sc. Could this cactus live outside here, perhaps with a little winter protection from the rain and maybe wrapped in frost cloth during the 2 or 3 days of 11 - 16 degree weather which we get most winters??? I have a greenhouse but would love to put it outside??

Positive sherizona On Apr 1, 2012, sherizona from Peoria, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

In AZ, the bloom begins around sundown. By 6 a.m. the huge flowers appear to almost glow in the sunlight. It's a very striking cactus that grows fairly quickly. Also does well in planters.

Neutral Xenomorf On Jan 2, 2005, Xenomorf from Valley of the Sun, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

The "macrantha" variety has much longer reddish spines with flowers that are reddish orange or yellow that are born near the tops of the stems.

Trichocereus grandiflorus was included into E. huascha during recent classifications and has much shorter reddish spines on top. It has now become a cultivar of E. huascha. The main E. huasha (not variety or cultivar) is reported to have spines over 2 inches long.

The 'rubra' variety apparently has ruby-red flowers and might be a synonym of 'rubiflora' variety. It also has very long spines, 1 to 2.5 inches long.

Here are more synonyms, some of which in the future 'might' become a variety, cultivar, subspecies or forma of the species.:: Echinopsis pecheretiana, Trichocereus grandiflorus, Lobivia hyalacantha, Acanthocalycium hyalacanthum, Helianthocereus hyalacanthus, Echinopsis hyalacantha, Pseudolobivia pelecyrhachis var. lobivioides, Trichocereus lobivioides, Helianthocereus pecheretianus, Trichocereus huascha var. pecheretianus, Lobivia purpureominiata, Echinopsis rowleyi, Chamaecereus grandiflorus, Echinopsis lobivioides, Trichocereus andalgalensis, Pseudolobivia lobivioides, Lobivia huascha, Cereus andalgalensis, Helianthocereus andalgalensis, Lobivia andalgalensis, Helianthocereus huascha var. auricolor, Trichocereus auricolor, Trichocereus andalgalensis var. auricolor, Trichocereus catamarcensis & Helianthocereus huascha.

Positive PaulRobinson On May 27, 2003, PaulRobinson from Torrance, CA wrote:

Mine was from a litle potted arrangement which I "stuck" in the ground without regard for anything. Mistake! It has never bloomed in five years. With full sun, it might not have grown to its ten foot height, but would almost certainly have bloomed. It is terribly brittle, so moving it would prove disastrous. A thorny problem.

Positive GiaVette On May 27, 2003, GiaVette from Minneola, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

I have had wonderful success in growing this plant here in Florida. In one year it has doubled in size. If growing in the ground, please make sure you give this cactus a wide space to grow since in time dominate arms will lay down and grow in a sprawling manner.


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

Chandler, Arizona
El Mirage, Arizona
Gilbert, Arizona
Peoria, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona (2 reports)
Tucson, Arizona (2 reports)
Torrance, California
Windsor, California
Clermont, Florida
Henderson, Nevada

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