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Peruvian Old Man Cactus

Peruvian Old Man Cactus

Regular price $60.00 USD
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Plant Type: Cacti
Plant Height: 10-12 feet
Spread: 1-2 feet
Flower Color: white to light red
Sun Exposure: Full Sun


The Peruvian Old Man Cactus, scientifically known as Espostoa lanata, is a unique and eye-catching columnar cactus native to the high Andes of Peru and Ecuador. It's famous for its dense covering of white, woolly hairs, which gives it an appearance reminiscent of an old man's beard, hence the name.

In its natural habitat, the Peruvian Old Man Cactus can grow impressively tall, up to 10 to 12 feet, but it usually remains smaller when cultivated in gardens or as a houseplant. It typically has a spread of about 1 to 2 feet. The cactus features a central, upright stem that may branch with age, covered in long, white hairs that serve to protect it from the intense high-altitude sun and cold.

The woolly hairs cover sharp spines, which are not immediately visible due to the hair covering. It's a slow-growing plant, adding only a few inches per year, making it suitable for indoor cultivation for many years before it becomes too large.

Espostoa lanata blooms with white to light red flowers, but flowering is rare, especially in indoor environments. When it does bloom, the flowers open at night and are typically pollinated by bats in its native habitat.

This cactus prefers full sun, which helps maintain its distinctive woolly appearance. It requires well-draining soil and should be watered sparingly to avoid root rot, typical of cacti and succulents.

In landscaping, the Peruvian Old Man Cactus is used for its unique texture and appearance. It's an excellent choice for xeriscaping, rock gardens, and desert-themed gardens. In colder climates, it's often grown as a potted plant indoors, where its unusual appearance can be a conversation starter.

Overall, the Peruvian Old Man Cactus is a fascinating and low-maintenance plant, perfect for adding an exotic and intriguing element to any garden or indoor plant collection. Its unique, hairy appearance and potential for impressive height make it a standout among cacti.

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