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Old Man of the Andes

Old Man of the Andes

Regular price $60.50 USD
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Plant Type: Cacti
Plant Height: 1-3 feet
Spread: 1-2 feet
Flower Color: white or pale pink
Sun Exposure: Full Sun


The Old Man of the Andes, scientifically known as Oreocereus celsianus, is a striking columnar cactus native to the high mountain regions of Bolivia, Peru, and northern Argentina. It's particularly notable for its dense covering of white, woolly hairs, which gives it an appearance reminiscent of an old man's beard.

In cultivation, the Old Man of the Andes typically grows to about 1 to 3 feet in height, but under ideal conditions, it can grow taller. The cactus features cylindrical, upright stems that can branch with age. These stems are covered in long, white hairs that protect the cactus from the intense sunlight and cold temperatures of its native high-altitude environment.

The woolly hairs cover sharp spines, which are not immediately visible due to the hair covering. Flowering in Oreocereus celsianus is not as common in younger plants, but mature cacti can produce white or pale pink flowers that emerge from beneath the woolly covering.

The Old Man of the Andes thrives in full sun and well-drained soil. It is relatively drought-tolerant and should be watered infrequently, especially during the winter months, to avoid root rot. As with many high-altitude cacti, this species can tolerate cooler temperatures, but it should be protected from freezing conditions.

In landscaping, the Old Man of the Andes is used for its unique texture and appearance. It's well-suited for rock gardens, cactus gardens, or as a standout container plant. Due to its slow growth rate and striking appearance, it's a popular choice for cactus collectors.

Overall, the Old Man of the Andes is a fascinating and low-maintenance plant, perfect for adding an exotic and intriguing element to any garden or indoor plant collection. Its long, white hairs and potential for beautiful blooms make it a prized specimen in any collection of cacti.

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