Common Names: old man of the Andes
Origin: Oreocereus celsianus originates from the semi-arid Andean region, on rocky slopes with eastern and northern orientation. The species is widespread in its native environment, growing in Argentina, Bolivia, and Peru from altitudes of 2,600 to 4,000 meters above sea level.
Description: The old man of the Andes is a ribbed, columnar cactus that forms colonies up to 3 m tall in the wild, but around 2 m in domestication. The stems are thickly covered with woolly white hair, sprouting from the head of the cacti and decreasing toward the base. Over time, basal branching may occur, with new growth either prostrate or ascending. Mature cacti bloom in spring, developing tubular flowers that are cerise to magenta in color.
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