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Old Man of the Mountains

Old Man of the Mountains

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 yellow
Sun Exposure: Full Sun, Partial Shade


The Old Man of the Mountains, scientifically known as Oreocereus trollii, is a distinctive species of cactus native to the high Andean mountain regions of South America. This cactus is known for its striking appearance, characterized by long, white, hair-like spines that give it a shaggy, beard-like look.

Growing to about 1 to 3 feet in height and 1 to 2 feet in spread, Oreocereus trollii forms columnar stems that are densely covered in these long, white hairs. The hairs serve as a protective mechanism, shielding the plant from the intense sun and cold temperatures of its native high-altitude habitats.

The Old Man of the Mountains is a slow-growing cactus, but mature specimens can produce white or pale yellow flowers. These flowers typically bloom in the summer and can be quite striking against the plant's hairy backdrop.

This cactus prefers full sun to partial shade and thrives in well-draining soil. It's relatively drought-tolerant but can benefit from occasional watering during the growing season. During the winter months, watering should be reduced to prevent root rot.

In cultivation, the Old Man of the Mountains is often grown as an ornamental plant in rock gardens, cactus collections, or as a container plant. It is particularly valued for its unique, woolly appearance, which makes it a standout feature in any garden or as part of a succulent display.

Overall, the Old Man of the Mountains is a fascinating and visually appealing plant, ideal for adding texture and interest to a garden. Its unique appearance, adaptability to various growing conditions, and potential for beautiful blooms make it a popular choice for cactus enthusiasts and gardeners seeking an unusual and striking plant.

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