Cactus Facts:

There seems to be a lot of confusion over the scientific name of this particular variety. It's Lophocereus (or Pachycereus) schottii monstrose. Both names are correct. They're just two different names for the same species. This happens sometimes and is confusing. A company in Kansas that I used to market for used to sell seeds and cuttings of it, but have sense dropped this item. They had other rare cactus seeds for sale but were recently put out of business by big brother in 2019. You would have been impressed with the selection. Sellers contact me for advertising @ webmaster@botanicalguides.com


Totem Pole Cactus produces a light pink flower, which blooms in the late spring. Its growth rate is VERY SLOWLY. It requires full sun. Watering should be extremely minimal, as cacti in general store water for long periods of time and require very little. It can withstand temperatures of 25% Fahrenheit. Make sure that you protect it against frost, and it gets plenty of reflected heat. It requires extremely well-drained soil in a gravel like compost made especially for succulents.


The mighty Totem Pole cactus is native to Mexico, and parts of Southern Arizona, USA. It forms large shrubs that are 5-15 meters or more in height, with stout stems that reach up to 1 meter in diameter. Assuming you're using the right growing medium, they are extremely easy to grow, and require little to no maintenance. Cultivating these magnificent succulents is a great way to give back to the earth, helping to renew a fresh supply of oxygen to the biosphere. They also purify the water. In folk lore, Cacti are considered a symbol of strength, and protection. Their spikes and hardy life style seem to back up this belief, as they live up to the lore.



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References & Resources:

Klein, M. T. (2013). An examination of the variation in mescaline concentration in the crown, subterranean stem, and root of Lophophora williamsii (peyote) and ethnobotanical implications. Sul Ross State University.


DE LA LUZ, J. L. L., & FOGEL, I. (2005). Lophocereus schottii var schottii forma spiralis (Cactaceae) AND NOTES ON THE MONSTROSE FORMS. Cactus and Succulent Journal, 77(4), 187-189.

Wikipedia contributors. (2019, February 2). Pachycereus schottii. In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 16:12, June 5, 2019, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Pachycereus_schottii&oldid=881486912

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