Admired for its columnar structure and fragrant flowers, the San Pedro Cactus, known scientifically as Trichocereus pachanoi or Echinopsis pachanoi, is a native to the Andes Mountains spanning across Ecuador to Peru, and northern Argentina to Bolivia.
This long-ribbed, spine-covered cactus thrives under full sun exposure. Being native to the South American landscapes, these cacti require a significant amount of sunlight to grow and flower beautifully.
San Pedro cactus thrives in conditions that mimic its South American habitat. These include full sun, moderate humidity, and relatively low temperatures, making the cactus perfectly suited for arid and semi-arid landscapes.
Mature plants are predominantly cared for by rigorous, strategic pruning to maintain a healthy and pleasing landscape. This species exhibits multiple ribs along its exterior, adorned with white areoles from which spines develop.
Select a pot that provides clear drainage. Ideally, it should have holes in the bottom. San Pedro cacti are native to high-altitude habitats in countries such as Bolivia and Northern Argentina, and they thrive best in well-drained soils.