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Eulychnia iquiquensis

Copao

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Features

  • Height7m
  • Spread7m
  • Speed of GrowthSlow
  • Growth HabitUpright irregular
  • Flower ColourWhite
  • Leaf ColourWhite, green, black

Description

Eulychnia iquiquensis (Copao). This is a rare cactus growing up to 7m, with branches growing from its base to create a bushy form. The areolas are covered in dense white wool, from which grow long straight spines 2-12 cm in length. White flowers appear near the shoot tips and are around 3-6cm in diameter.

Characteristics

Perennial, Evergreen, Monocarpic, Cactus

Origin

Chile

Interest and use

Specimen plant

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Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Gritty
  • WaterDry

Cultivation

This plant gets most of its water from condensation from coastal fog. It doesn't need full sun but will appreciate good drainage.

Propagation

By seed

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