Echinopsis pachanoi is a fast-growing columnar cactus native to the Andes Mountains. It grows wild in Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Chile and Ecuador. It is also widely cultivated around the world. Its beautiful, brightly-colored flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds. It is used in ornamental arrangements and in medicinal preparations. A native of the Andes, the cactus is now being cultivated in many parts of the world.
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Trichocereus pachanoi (Echinopsis pachanoi) is a columnar cactus that can grow as high as six meters in height. The plant has glaucous stems that are six inches (15 cm) wide. The cactus’ flowers are white and appear at the end of the stems. They open only at night and are 9.6 inches (24 cm) in length.
Echinopsis pachanoi grows at high altitudes between 1500 and 3300 meters above sea level. Its range includes dry shrublands and high rainfall areas, and is often sold as an ornamental plant. It grows quickly and is a popular ornamental. The cactus is often used in landscape designs.
The earliest evidence of Echinopsis pachanoi’s use dates back to the sixth century BCE. Its fossil remains have been found in the Guitarrero cave in the Callejon de Huaylas valley. These specimens represent samples from different eras, making it one of the oldest psychoactive plants known.