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Espostoa Lanata Cactus. Peruvian Old Man Cactus.
The Espostoa Lanata Cactus is a very decorative variety of cacti characterized by having a dense covering of fine white-grey hairs which acts as a woolly coat when growing in its native habitat at high altitudes. Cylindrical stems have 18-25 rounded ribs with oval shaped areoles closely set. Many needle like spines are almost concealed by the hair.    

When mature enough plants will produce white-purple coloured funnel shaped flowers, up to 5.5cms long followed by small edible fruit which are almost round. Most plants will offset readily and branch after several years.

The Cotton Ball Cactus make a beautiful specimen, perfect for Cacti enthusiasts. Very difficult to find for sale at this size in the UK. 


These are amazing quality Large Cacti from Specialist Growers. Photos to follow of some of the actual Cactus Plants in stock now 2024. Limited availability. Please Note: Heights stated include pot sizes.

Click into the "Height" box and price of each plant is shown next to its size. UK delivery is FREE on all our plants and palms.


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ESPOSTOA LANATA. Peruvian Old Man Cactus.

  • Latin Name: Espostoa Lanata. 

    Common Name: Peruvian Old Man Cactus, Snowball Old Man Cactus, Snowball Cactus, Cotton Ball Cactus.

    Origin: Southern Ecuador, Northern Peru.

    Hardiness: Down to -3 for short periods but frost better avoided.

    Growth Characteristics:  Evergreen columnar Cactus densley covered in white hairs. Cylindrical stems have around 18-25 rounded ribs. Closely packed areoles, each with 30-40 thin spines almost hidden by the hair. Funnel shaped flowers, white to purple. Edible fruit. Easy to grow. 

    Sun: Full sun.

    Exposure: Sheltered.

    Soil: Well drained soil. Gritty. 

    Moisture: Water more in summer and during growing period. Allow to dry between waterings. This cacti needs a little more water than most other varieties. Keep dry in winter. 

    Feed: Feed half strength fertilizer at the beginningof the growing season.

  • Available For Delivery Now 2024.  


    All palms and plants have been imported with phytosanitary certificates from top quality growers.

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