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peruvianus

Trichocereus var. Matucana

Matucana Peruvian Torch, Matucana Peruvian Torch Cactus

  • Trichocereus peruvianus var. Matucana

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Scarification
Scarification: none required
Stratification
Stratification: none required
Germination
Germination: surface sow and keep moist, requires light for germination

Other: Seed needs warm temperatures after sowing to germinate (75 degrees F +) 

Discover the rich history and cultural significance of Trichocereus peruvianus var. Matucana or the Matucana Peruvian Torch Cactus. Found high in the Andean mountain deserts of Peru and Ecuador, this cactus has been used by the monks of a pre-Inca culture known as Chavín in their ritualistic ceremonies to diagnose spiritual links to a patient's illness. Its active compound, mescaline, has been reported to be present in a concentration of 1.2% in the dried cactus, and it also contains varying phenethylamines and other substances in minimal proportions. Today, Curanderos or medicine men of northern Peru still use it for spiritual and medicinal purposes. A close relative of the San Pedro cactus, this cactus is not to be missed on your journey of self-exploration. Learn more about the Matucana Peruvian Torch Cactus on our website.

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