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botanical name:
Trichocereus spachianus
Trichocereus spachianus © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Gold Column Cactus, Easter Lily Cactus, Gold Torch Cereus, Queen of the Night
synonyms:  Echinopsis spachianus, Cereus spachianus
family:  Cactaceae
characteristics: perennial
height: 2.00m
width: 1.00m
growth rate: slow
growth habit:
leaf colour:
flower colour: white
stem/bark: green
main season: All Year
aspect: full sun
conditions: dry soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -3°C
USDA zone: 9 to 11
description:
Forms clusters of columnar succulent stems covered with short golden spines, aging to grey. Beautiful, but short-lived, large white flowers, opening at night.

cultivation:
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.

propagation:
From seed or by cuttings

usage:
Used as a landscaping plant in warm, dry regions such as Southern Caifornia and Australia.

other notes:
Native to Argentina and Bolivia

Contains small amounts of the hallucinogenic drug mescaline.

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