Old Peruvian Lady

Espostoa melanostele | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

Much like espostoa lanata, espostoa melanostele is an interesting option for a conservatory or tropical garden. Often mistaken for each other, the latter is known as the old Peruvian lady. The name suits it, as it is effectively the same plant, but is smaller than the old Peruvian man. Its hair creates that white, waxy appearance while its nocturnal flower, at the end of a colourful cephalium at the apex, is typically large and pale yellow in colour. It thrives in sunny locations and in well-drained, humus-rich soil. Tender, it is best to grow under glass, potted in cactus compost and some slow-release fertilizer. Pruning is not necessary.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 2
Spread [m]
  • 0.1
Dominant flower colour
  • White
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Early summer
  • Mid summer
  • Late summer
Foliage in spring
  • Grey-green
Foliage in summer
  • Grey-green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Grey-green
Foliage in winter
  • Grey-green
Propagation methods
  • seed
Growth habit
  • Erect
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
  • Unusual look
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • For Beginners
Garden type
  • Indoor or winter garden
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 10 years