Echinopsis 'Caterpillar Cactus'


A rare crested cultivar, Echinopsis ‘Caterpillar Cactus’ draws its name from its unique form – due to a mutation in the growth centers of the plant, the stem grows in a large, low-growing mound that creeps across the soil surface just like its namesake! Across its bright green surface, which features an accordion-like texture, small tan areoles are dotted around at intervals, giving this already quirky plant a speckled appearance.

An overall slow growing variety, ‘Caterpillar Cactus’ can reach up to 20 inches wide at maturity – though bright sunlight is critical in encouraging the plant to attain this level of growth! Furthermore, it is crucial to avoid excess moisture around the roots of this rare variety, which could otherwise predispose it to rot. To avoid this fate, be sure to provide a well-draining pot filled with a porous soil mix, ensure ample airflow around the stem and soil surface, and water deeply but infrequently, allowing the soil to dry completely between drinks.

During the active growing season, ‘Caterpillar Cactus’ will send up large pink blooms with sherbet orange striping down the midline of each petal.  During the cooler months of the year, however, be sure to shield this variety from freezing temperatures, which result in permanent damage to the stem.

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