Golden Torch Cactus

Echinopsis spachiana | Also known as: Cereus spachianus, Trichocereus spachianus | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

Another intriguing member of the genus, echinopsis spachiana is a popular option for rockeries and containers. It grows in a column, with thin, sandy-yellow spines along its ribs creating a golden hue around the stem, like a glowing torch, thus giving rise to its common name, the golden torch cactus. In spring, it produces bright white blossoms with whorls of oval petals and a large yellow throat, growing from the apex of the cactus stem on thick round tubes. Like most cacti, it is happiest in well-drained, loamy soil and prefers warm, dry conditions. In colder climates, grow under glass until temperature rise, planted in cactus compost and kept in bright, filtered light.

Rate it:
Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 1 - 2
Spread [m]
  • 0.75
Dominant flower colour
  • White
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Mid summer
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Foliage in winter
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • seed
  • offsets
Hardiness zone
  • Z14-15
Heat zone
  • H12-10
Heat days
  • 150 - 210
  • well-drained
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
Standard category
  • Cacti & succulents
  • Cacti
Grown for
  • Attractive Flowers
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • For Beginners
  • Colours
Garden type
  • Indoor or winter garden
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 10 years