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Argentine Giant

Argentine Giant

Regular price $48.40 USD
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Plant Type: Cacti
Plant Height: 1-2 feet
Spread: 3-5 feet
Flower Color: white
Sun Exposure: Full Sun, Partial Shade


The Argentine Giant, scientifically known as Echinopsis candicans (formerly Trichocereus candicans), is a stunning cactus native to the grasslands of Argentina. This species is celebrated for its exceptionally large and fragrant flowers, which are among the largest of any cactus species.

The Argentine Giant typically grows to about 1 to 2 feet in height, but it spreads outwards, reaching approximately 3 to 5 feet wide. It forms a low, spreading mound of thick, fleshy stems that are blue-green in color. These stems are covered in spines, although they are relatively sparse compared to some other cacti.

The most striking feature of the Argentine Giant is its flowers. The cactus produces huge, trumpet-shaped blooms that can be up to 8 inches (20 cm) in diameter. The flowers are white, often with a tinge of pink or green, and are highly fragrant, especially at night. They typically bloom in late spring to early summer and last for a short period, often opening in the evening and closing by the next midday.

This cactus prefers full sun to partial shade and thrives in well-draining soil. It is drought-tolerant, making it a great choice for xeriscaping and desert landscaping. The Argentine Giant is also frost-tolerant to a certain degree but should be protected from prolonged freezing temperatures.

In cultivation, the Argentine Giant is often used as an ornamental plant in rock gardens, cactus gardens, or as a striking container plant. Its spectacular flowers and low, spreading habit make it a favorite among cactus enthusiasts and gardeners seeking to add a dramatic flair to their landscape.

Overall, the Argentine Giant is a low-maintenance and visually impressive plant, ideal for adding a touch of exotic beauty to any garden. Its enormous, fragrant flowers and attractive form make it a standout addition to any collection of succulents and cacti.

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