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Eulychnia castanea f. varispiralis


Scientific Name

Eulychnia castanea f. varispiralis


Eulychnia castanea var. varispiralis

Scientific Classification

Family: Cactaceae
Subfamily: Cactoideae
Tribe: Notocacteae
Genus: Eulychnia


Eulychnia castanea f. varispiralis is an attractive spiral form of Eulychnia castanea, with stems that are up to 6.5 feet (2 m) tall and up to 4 inches (10 cm) in diameter. This rare cactus has curly, whirly spiral growth that can be equally clockwise or counterclockwise.


USDA hardiness zones 10a to 11b: from 30 °F (−1.1 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

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How to Grow and Care

Eulychnia is not common in cultivation and only collectors with a specific interest in the genus seem to grow them. It requires full sun or light shade to keep plant compact with strong colored spines. Tends to bronze in strong light, which encourages flowering and heavy spine production. Light shadow my be useful in the hottest summer days.

These cacti requires light, but regular watering in summer. Let the soil dry between waterings. Keep the soil dry in winter.

Eulychnias need to be kept in a cool place during winter rest. They are resistant to light frost if kept on the dry side prior to and during, cold weather. Eulychnias are hardy to 28 °F (-2 °C) in short periods.

Eulychnia likes very coarse, mineral cactus soil mix, but can become too elongated if the soil is too rich. Feed with a high potassium fertilizer in summer.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Eulychnia.


Eulychnia castanea f. varispiralis is a spiral form of Eulychnia castanea, a cactus native to Chile (along the coastline from Los Molles north to Talinay, Coquimbo).


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