Oreocereus Leucotrichus Cactus. Old Man Of The Andes Cactus.
The Oreocereus Leucotrichus Cactus is a very decorative variety of cacti but can be a very variable species. A shrubby columnar cactus characterized by having a dense covering of fine silky white-black hairs, denser on younger stems, which acts as a woolly coat when growing in its native habitat at high altitudes. Cylindrical green to grey-green stems have 10-15 closely set smooth ribs. 1-4 stout central spines, yellowish to maroon to orange in colour are gently curved and are 2-8cm in length whereas the radial spines are around 15mm long.
When mature enough plants will produce red and purple coloured funnel shaped flowers in small groups near the tops of the stems, up to 5-10cms long followed by small fruit. The flowers open during the daytime. The Old Man Of The Andes Cactus make a beautiful specimen, perfect for Cacti enthusiasts. Very difficult to find for sale at this size in the UK.
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OREOCEREUS LEUCOTRICHUS. Old Man Of The Andes Cactus
Latin Name: Orecereus Leucotrichus.
Common Name: Old Man Of The Andes Cactus.
Origin: Northern Chile, South Peru.
Hardiness: Down to -5 for short periods if very dry, but frost is better avoided.
Growth Characteristics: Very variable evergreen columnar Cactus densley covered in silky white-black hairs. Cylindrical stems have around 10-15 rounded ribs. Central spines are stout yellowish-maroon-orange in colour 2-8cm long, radial spines are 15mm long. Funnel shaped flowers, red and purple. Smallish fruit. Easy to grow.
Sun: Full sun.
Soil: Well drained soil. Gritty.
Moisture: Water more in summer and during growing period. Allow to dry completely between waterings. Keep dry in winter.
Feed: Feed half strength fertilizer at the beginningof the growing season.
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