this kind of cacti has 3-4 species, widespread in the southern USA and Mexico; they have a roundish shape, slightly flattened, they develop very slowly and can reach the 15-25 cm of diameter. they have 7-11 very evident ribs, and small roundish areoles, without thorns; the lophophore have a greenish-grey colour, and tend to clothe, they develop numerous basal suckers.
In summer, small pink or white flowers bloom from the summit areoles, followed by elongated, pinkish fruits, containing several dark seeds. In its place of origin, this plant was once used as a hallucinogen, and is known as peyote or mescal; in some countries it is forbidden to trade it.
the plants are grown in a well-luminous place, with at least 3-4 hours of direct sunlight per day, possibly during the coolest hours of the day; during the summer months it is advisable to place the plants in a partially shady place. It doesn’t fear the cold weather only if the soil is kept completely dry from October, and therefore it is conserved in cold green houses or in temperate green houses, with temperatures below 7-10°C.
If desired, in winter it can be kept also in the house, possibly in a not very heated room.
From March to October we water only when the soil is perfectly dry, every 7-10 days, depending on the climate; during the winter months we recommend thinning out watering; if the plant is grown in cold greenhouse avoid watering. During the vegetative period, provide fertiliser for succulent plants, every 20-30 days.
plant in large and deep containers, as these cacti develop a fairly conspicuous root system; use a substratum for succulent plants, formed by a small part of balanced mould, mixed with sand and lapillus or pozzolana. These plants grow very slowly, so it is not necessary to transplant them too often.
it happens by seed, in spring; it is also possible to detach from the mother plant the young suckers, which root quickly.
Lophophora, Peyote – Lophophora williamsii: Parasites and Diseases
lophophore people are very worried about mites and cochineal.
- Lophophora williamsii is a succulent plant of Central American origin, belonging to the family of cacti.
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- The lophophora williamsii is a cacti plant native to North and Central America, also known as the lophophora williamsii.
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