The Trichocereus is one of the sacred cacti native to South America. Resembling the more famous Peruvian Torch (Trichocereus peruviana) in appearance, this cactus contains the powerful psychoactive alkaloid mescaline and plays an important role in shamanic and spiritual rituals.
It is not known exactly where Trichocereus comes from. Some say the cactus was discovered in Bolivia, although no species can be found in Bolivia today. Others think the cactus may have originated from Brazil or Argentina.
The cactus grows in columns and can reach a height of 3 meters with an average diameter of 3-5cm, some specimens can be even wider. The cactus has a typical icy, bluish color. It contains less than 1% 3,4-dimethoxyphenylethylamine, less than 1% 3-methoxytyramine, less than 1% tyramine and more than 5% mescaline.
Growing Trichocereus is very simple and similar to growing the San Pedro cactus or the Peruvian Torch. Trichocereus is a very hardy and resilient cactus that only needs the basic necessities of life to grow well. It needs very little water and only in the hottest growing season. In the summer it is sufficient if you water it once a week. Just be sure to let the soil dry out between waterings and the cactus will thrive.