Echinopsis huascha var. grandiflora (Red Torch Cactus)
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Echinopsis huascha var. grandiflora (Red Torch Cactus)

Red Torch Cactus, Desert’s Blooming Jewel, Chamaecereus grandiflorus, Helianthocereus grandiflorus, Lobivia grandiflora, Lobivia huascha var. grandiflora, Trichocereus grandiflorus


Echinopsis huascha var. grandiflora (Red Torch Cactus) is a basally branching columnar cactus with globose to short-cylindrical stems, 4 in. in diameter (10 cm), bearing 12-18 ribs lined with sharp, needle-like spines, 1-2 in. long (2-5 cm). In spring, glorious crimson, funnel-shaped flowers, 4 in. long (10 cm), are produced near the end of the stems. Easy to grow, Red Torch Cactus is reported to be cold-hardy down to 19°F (-7°C) for short periods. It adds long-lasting beauty to the landscape. A must for in-ground cactus gardens.

  • Grows up to 6-36 in. tall (15-90 cm). Will add 4 in. per year once established.
  • Easily grown in fertile, well-drained soils in full sun. Water well but allow to dry fully before watering again. Drought tolerant.
  • Fertilize monthly with a balanced fertilizer during the growing season.
  • Great for desert gardens, rock gardens, succulent gardens or Mediterranean gardens.
  • Propagate by seed or stem cuttings. The seeds are quite easy to germinate and grow. The flower color is not always true from seeds.
  • Virtually pest and disease free. Susceptible to fungal diseases if over-watered.
  • Native to Argentina.

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Requirements

Hardiness 9 – 11
Plant Type Cactus - Succulents
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 6" – 3' (15cm – 90cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Mediterranean Garden

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Requirements

Hardiness 9 – 11
Plant Type Cactus - Succulents
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 6" – 3' (15cm – 90cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Mediterranean Garden

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