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.

How To Dose Mescaline Cacti Properly

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.

Peruvian Torch (Echinopsis peruviana) data sheet
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Reviews (64)

    Superbe, je recommande. Produit de qualité. Parfait


    Gutes Produkt und sehr guter Customer Support
    Durch Zustellungsprobleme wurde meine Lieferung ärgerlicherweise automatisch retourniert. Der Customer Support hat hier jedoch durch sehr gute und freundliche Unterstützung geholfen. Die Kakteen kamen dann auch gut verpackt in einem tadellosen Zustand an. Hier gerne wieder.


    Growing very fast, doing good


    Torche Péruvienne
    Le cactus est arrivé assez rapidement et soigneusement emballé. La bouture était prête à être repiquée. Je l'ai rempotée il y a 1 mois. A suivre...


    Perfect cactus
    Arrived well packed and protected. Perfect cactus for my collection. Arrived really quickly too! Customer service was amazing. Thanks again


    I am confused
    The cactus itself arrived in almost perfect quality. There were like 3 little holes on one rib but that’s the only thing that was „bad“. I just planted it with the help of given instructions. I am very confused when it comes to the potency. I have compared at least 15 websites and all say different things when it comes to potency. Some say Peruvian torch has a dry concentration of 6-20% and other say it barely has anything. Some say San Pedro is the strongest etc. what really gets me thinking though is that zamnesia claims the Bolivian torch to be one of the most potent cacti with a dry concentration of 0.56%. Zamnesia also claims that the San Pedro has a dry concentration of 2.375% which means that San Pedro is way more potent. Now peyote has 3-6% and Peruvian torch is supposed to have almost the same potency as peyote which confused me even more. I really don’t know how I am supposed to compare their potency when every source even within zamnesia says something different. Other than that I think zamnesia is a very good website with incredible customer service and offers.


    Stehts zufrieden damit. Immer wieder zu empfehlen.


    Semble avoir bien repris à voir évolution dans le temps l'époque à laquelle je les ai repiqués n'est pas la meilleure mais je pense les mettre sous led de 45 Watts pour leur donner un peu plus de lumière


    Rooted quick and growing fast
    I was told these are great to try as they're fast growing and I wasn't disappointed. I ordered in the end of spring as its the best time to root and get some growth before the winter makes them dormant, it was rooted in less than a couple of weeks and almost doubled in size after six months on a sunny windowsill.


    Echinosis Peruviana
    They arrived well calyxed so ready to start rooting, After less than 3 weeks they cacti rooted and were transplanted in their final pots after a week gave their first feed with some home-made rootbooster on an aloe vera base and they are already growing wonderfully! In my organic supersoil mix. packaging was ok is but some more foam to protect them would have been better!

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