The Botanical Name of San Pedro Cactus is Echinopsis Pachanoi. It is the oldest cacti that look so special due to its ability to withstand extreme dryness as well as heat. Also grown as an ornamental cactus used for traditional medicine. It comprises mescaline, illegal in the USA, where San Pedro is sold solely for ornamental purposes. San Pedro Cactus is moderately poisonous too.
San Pedro is a large columnar cactus having a good capacity to grow relatively fast. It is a multi-stemmed cactus having 19 feet (max) height and 6 feet (max) width. The color of their thick individual stems is either green or blue-green getting much darker with age. July is the month in which the pointy buds of the this cactus give rise to more beautiful whitish flowers. These flowers give an elegant look when they get open at night with a pleasant fragrance. Pitahaya is called the yummy and edible fruits of this one.
Caring Tips :
- Sunlight: This cactus needs a lot of natural light.
- Water: It requires more quantity of water to grow healthy especially on hot summer days.
- Temperature: It can tolerate cooler temperatures only if they don’t drop below 15°F.
- Soil: Basically, it needs well-nutrient soil than regular cactus. If grown indoors, it grows well in well-draining soil.
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