Oreocereus Trollii Cactus. Old Man Of The Mountain Cactus.
The Oreocereus Trollii Cactus is a very decorative variety of cacti but can be quite variable. A shrubby columnar cactus, which given time will branch at the base, it is characterized by having a dense covering of fine 'white hair', which acts as a woolly coat when growing in its native habitat at high altitudes. Cylindrical light green stems have 15-25 closely set ribs with 5-9 stout central spines, yellow/orange or orange/red in colour gently curving, up to 5cm in length, long enough to poke through the wool. The 10-15 radial spines have evolved to provide the dense enveloping 'wool'.
When mature enough plants will produce pink-violet red coloured flowers during Summer.
The Old Man Of The Mountain 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 TROLLII. Old Man Of The Mountain Cactus
Latin Name: Orecereus Trollii.
Common Name: Old Man Of The Mountain Cactus.
Origin: Northern Argentina. South Bolivia.
Hardiness: Down to -3 for short periods if very dry, but frost is better avoided.
Growth Characteristics: Variable evergreen columnar Cactus densley covered in white 'wool'. Cylindrical stems have around 15-25 ribs. Central spines are stout, yellow/orange to orange/red in colour up tp 7cm long, radial spines have evolved into the wooley coat. Semi funnel shaped flowers, pink to violet red. Smallish roundish fruit. Easy to grow.
Sun: Full sun/partial shade.
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 beginning of the growing season.
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