Peruvian Torch (Echinopsis peruviana)

Peruvian Torch (Echinopsis peruviana)
Previously known as Trichocereus peruvianus. This cactus thrives at an altitude of 2000-3000 meters in it's natural habitat, the Andes in Peru and Ecuador. The Peruvian Torch grows at a high rate, contains the psychoactive compound mescaline and has green skin with a light blue glow. We sell different sizes - small, medium and large - all of which are perfect for home cultivation.

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Peruvian Torch (Echinopsis peruviana): Previously known as 'Trichocereus peruvianus'

The Peruvian Torch (Echinopsis peruviana) cactus can be found in the Andes in Peru and Ecuador. Its natural habitat are the mountain desert areas at an altitude of 2000-3000 meters above sea level. It is a fast-growing columnar species and contains the well researched psychoactive alkaloid mescaline as well as other alkaloids. The plant is bluish-green in color and grows with 6-9 broadly rounded ribs, reaching a height of 3-6 meters at a diameter of 8-18cm. The up to 4cm long spines in groups of 6-8 are located at the nodes, which are evenly spaced along the ribs with a spacing of up to 2.5cm.

Monks of the pre-Inca culture used this mescaline cactus to brew a concoction called "cimora", "achuma" or "huachuma" which was then used in their medicinal and ritual ceremonies - and that was 900 BC to 200 BC.


The chemical formula for mescaline is 3,4,5-trimethoxyphenethylamine, it is a very potent mind-altering substance and experimentee reported that it causes psychedelic effects and even hallucinations and visionary experiences including the deeply soothing feeling of being one with mother nature accompanied by euphoria. Just 0.3-0.4 gram of pure mescaline are sufficient to unbuckle your consciousness from reality, but that counts only for PURE mescaline and you will have to eat quite some amount of mescaline cactus to get there. But, first the grief, then the joy! The consumption of Echinopsis peruviana flesh will inevitably make you - eat backwards. The indigenous shamans say that this process is needed to cleanse the body from the last remnants of what ties your spirit to the body and that it should be seen as a positive experience. Plan ahead with this in mind; do not eat for at least 6 hours prior to the trip. This is the best method to limit the span of this first "positive" experience and it has two positive effects: You will be able to resist the nausea for a longer span and this results in better absorption of the psychoactive cocktail.

Cultivating the Peruvian Torch cactus

To grow your own Peruvian Torch clone simply place the cutting deep enough to stand on its own in special cactus soil with 25% washed sand and 35% perlite; soil for houseplants is not suited for cacti and their nutrient requirements. The soil should drain well and be able to hold enough of the moisture for at least a week without drying out. Rooting hormone is counter-productive! It can harm the tissue of the plant and open doors for bacterial or fungal rot. Let the cactus accommodate to its new home and develop a new root system on its own and DON'T water if for 2-3 weeks. Keep the freshly planted clone away from heat and direct sunlight, especially at noon, for at least 4 weeks. Once it has settled you can do it a big favor by emulating its natural habitat: 5 hours of direct sunlight, followed by several hours of indirect light. Since it is a desert plant, it does not need much water. When choosing the pot, make sure it has a punctured bottom to allow for good draining. Place the pot in a shallow tray and fill it with water, the tray, mind you. Water the soil every week in spring and autumn, but completely stop watering it in the winter time or at least limit it to only once every 2-3 weeks. In the summertime you can water the plant 3-5 times per week.

Name change: From Trichocereus to Echinopsis

Trichocereus peruvianus was the now outdated botanical name of the Peruvian Torch until a new classification for cacti came into effect and this cactus was placed in the cactus family called Echinopsis. The up-to-date correct name is Echinopsis peruviana.


    By Marco S. on 18/Mar/2015 :

    Title : Schöner Knüppel
    Comment : Die Bestellung lief problemlos und diskret nach Deutschland ab. Der Kaktus war völlig ausreichend mit Luftpolsterfolie gesichert und war in einem sehr gutem Zustand bei der Ankunft. Zur Wirkung kann ich noch nichts sagen, da ich ihn erstmal schön wachsen lasse. Angeblich soll diese Art ja mit den höchsten prozentualen Anteil an Meskalin haben - da bin ich mal gespannt. :)

    By Christopher F. on 11/Dec/2014 :

    Title : Vorsicht im Winter!
    Comment : Ich hab mir dern Kaktus vor einiger Zeit gekauft und er wollte die ganze Zeit einfach keine Wurzeln schlagen. Erstmals dachte ich es wäre die Kakteenerde aus dem Baumarkt die daran Schuld sei und hab mir nochmal ne andere im Internet bestellt. Aber auch die brachte keine Veränderung. Dann hab ich jetzt nach einiger Recherche diesen Artikel gefunden, der mir das ganze mal erklärt hat. Demnach sind dem Kaktus die Bedingungen im Winter einfach zu schlecht um Wurzeln zu bilden. Er kann aber trotzdem über den Winter gelagert werden und dann im Frühjahr zum Wurzeln gebracht werden, solange die Lagerbedingungen dafür erfüllt werden. Einfacher wäre gewesen den Kaktus erst im Frühjahr zu bestellen... Mein Fazit: Der Kaktus an sich ist eigentlich ganz super, vorausgesetzt er überlebt jetzt noch den Winter. Der Versand war auch ok. Zamnesia aber hat leider keine Auskunft darüber gegeben, das im Winter kaufen nicht so schlau ist wenn man das Ding garnicht essen will und als ich ihn dann hatte und Zamnesia insgesamt zweimal per Email um Rat gebeten habe, wurde dies einfach ignoriert. Deswegen gebe ich 3 Sterne.

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    By sebastian V. on 22/Aug/2014 :

    Title : gruner kaktus
    Comment : Top Artikel kann man weiter empfehlen

    By Niklas G. on 21/Jul/2014 :

    Title : Wow :)
    Comment : I just received my 58cm Peruvian Torch :) The longest spines have a length of 4.5cm! Even if I had to wait a while, since the cactus was sold out, when my money transfer was received ... but it was definitely worth the week waiting! Thanks Zamnesia!

    By Erik H. on 30/Jun/2014 :

    Title : Great service!
    Comment : I ordered two of these fine cacti and as always they came fast and with nice goodies. Reliability is something I automaticly associate with Zamnesia! The cacti were in very good shape and already started growing. These guys know their plants and how to treat and prepare them. Keep up the great work!

    By gregory R. on 08/May/2014 :

    Title : Magnifique
    Comment : J'ai prix le modèle 10 cm il est vraiment fascinant je le recommande a tous , sérieusement de toute beauté et de qualité . Merci Zamnesia

    By Francesco M. on 03/Jan/2014 :

    Comment : ho preso il Cactus da taglia media, è arrivato ben confezionato e completamente sano! infati è Bellissimo e dopo averlo piantato nel terriccio speciale ha iniziato a crescere dopo circa 1 mese di adattamento al nuovo vaso.

    By Patrick S. on 10/Oct/2013 :

    Title : Super Kaktus
    Comment : Sehr schöner Kaktus der auch sofort angewurzelt hat. Über den Meskalingehalt kann ich nichts sagen, da ich die Kakteen nur zu Dekozwecken verwende.

    By Barbara C. on 22/Sep/2013 :

    Comment : Bellissimo è verde con riflessi bluastri! Speriamo cresca bene!!!

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