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common name: Gold Column Cactus, Easter Lily Cactus, Gold Torch Cereus, Queen of the Night
synonyms: Echinopsis spachianus, Cereus spachianus
growth rate: slow
flower colour: white
main season: All Year
dry soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -3°C
USDA zone: 9 to 11
Forms clusters of columnar succulent stems covered with short golden spines, aging to grey. Beautiful, but short-lived, large white flowers, opening at night.
Grows in hot arid conditions with well drained gritty soil in full sun. In dry soil it will survive cold periods down to just below freezing.
From seed or by cuttings
Used as a landscaping plant in warm, dry regions such as Southern Caifornia and Australia.
Native to Argentina and Bolivia
Contains small amounts of the hallucinogenic drug mescaline.