Unusually tall for an Echinopsis, it is a clumping plant with erect or ascending stems, sometime solitary in cultivation, it is an attractive plant because of its long yellow spines.
Scientific Name: Echinopsis chacoana Schütz
Common Names include: Easter Lily Cactus
Origin: Paraguay (Chaco Boreal)
Etymology: For the occourence in the Chaco region of Paraguay.
|Description: E. chacoana is unusually tall for an Echinopsis, it is a clumping plant with erect or ascending stems, sometime solitary in cultivation, it is an attractive plant because of its long spines.
Stems: At first ball-like or oval the as the plant mature cylyndical, dull grey green, 30-80 cm tall, up to 9 cm in diameter
Ribs: 12-18, low, moderately sinuate.
Areoles: Large rounded, 1,5-2,5 mm apart.
Spines: Yellowish with brownish tips.
Central spines: 0-1 slightly bent upward long and stiff, up to 2,5 cm long. In habitat the one central may reach 4 cm. in length
Radial spines: 7-8, spreading, stright to slightly curved, up to 2 cm long.
Flower: White, up to 15 cm long. Inner perianth segments pure white, oblong, acute, stigma lobes linear, ± 11, greenish, tube long woolly.
Cultivation: The Echinopsis chacoana is a summer grower species that offers no cultivation difficulties. Water regularly in summer (but do not overwater ) needs good drainage and very porous soil, keep rather dry in winter.Feed with a high potassium fertilizer in summer. It is quite frost resistant if kept dry (hardy to -7° C). Need a bright exposure, full sun or half shade in summer.
Propagation: Direct sow after last frost, offsets.