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PlantFiles: San Pedro Macho, Peruvian Torch
Echinopsis peruviana

Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Echinopsis (ek-in-OP-sis) (Info)
Species: peruviana (per-u-vee-AN-uh) (Info)

Synonym:Trichocereus torataensis
Synonym:Trichocereus tacnaensis
Synonym:Trichocereus peruvianus
Synonym:Cereus rosei
Synonym:Echinopsis peruviana subsp. peruviana

2 vendors have this plant for sale.

34 members have or want this plant for trade.

Cactus and Succulents

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

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

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

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer

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Other details:
Flowers are fragrant
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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
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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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive giftgas On Feb 27, 2009, giftgas from Everson, WA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Quick and easy to grow, This cactus contains moderate amounts of the drug 3,4,5-trimethoxyphenethylamine (Mescaline), but for some reason this plant is not legally regulated like Peyote

Neutral Xenomorf On Jan 24, 2005, Xenomorf from Valley of the Sun, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

The subspecies 'peruviana' has 6-8 ribs and notches over the areoles.
The subspecies 'puquiensis' has 8-10 ribs and no notches over the areoles.
Both have 9-10 inch fragrant flowers.


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

Tucson, Arizona
Apple Valley, California
Lake Elsinore, California
Santa Ana, California
Vacaville, California
Miami, Florida
Oak Hill, Florida
Des Moines, Iowa
Kenner, Louisiana

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