Peruvian Torch Cactus (Echinopsis peruviana)
Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is home to many animals, and we also cultivate plants from those animals’ habitats. You may see some of these plants in the animals” habitats or you can see them in our Victorian Greenhouse. Many of the plants are endangered, just like the animals.
DESCRIPTION: Echnopsis is a genus of cacti that includes dozens of species from South America. This group includes large columnar cacti and the smaller day-flowering species previously classified in the lobivia. The large columnar cacti are beautiful, but they are generally far too large for indoor cultivation. Therefore, only the smaller day-flowering species are grown indoors. These are generally small round cacti with sharp spines and intensely colorful flowers. Extensive hybridizing has been done over the years to produce a variety of flower colors.
RANGE: They are native to South America.