Old Peruvian Man

Espostoa lanata | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

Espostoa lanata offers an intriguing option if you’re seeking evergreen plants for your conservatory. A tall, candle shaped cactus; its stems are covered in white hair. A native of Peru, its wispy hair can become quite thick over time, thus earning it the common name, the old Peruvian man. Only older specimens flower, with a cephalium, or brightly coloured whorl of hair and bristle, growing from close to the apex and from which a large white blossom is produced at night. It thrives in sunny locations and in well-drained soil. Tender, it is best to pot in cactus compost and some slow-release fertilizer. Pruning is not necessary.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 1.5
Spread [m]
  • 0.6
Dominant flower colour
  • Purple
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Early summer
  • Mid summer
  • Late summer
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Foliage in winter
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • seed
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