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Oreocereus lanatus (3 PLANTS ) OT93

Oreocereus lanatus (3 PLANTS ) OT93

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Oreocereus lanatus, commonly known as "Old Man of the Andes" or "Cotton Ball Cactus," is a captivating cactus species native to the high-altitude regions of the Andes Mountains in South America. This unique cactus is named for its dense covering of long, white hairs that resemble a fluffy, cotton-like texture, serving as insulation against the extreme cold of its natural habitat.

The cylindrical stems of Oreocereus lanatus grow upright, reaching heights of up to several feet over time. Its ribbed texture and woolly covering make it a visually striking addition to any cactus collection or desert landscape garden.

During the warmer months, Oreocereus lanatus produces small, pink or white flowers that emerge from the top of the stems, contrasting beautifully against the snowy white hairs. These flowers open at night and are pollinated by nocturnal insects.

Caring for Oreocereus lanatus is relatively straightforward. It thrives in well-draining soil and prefers bright, indirect sunlight. While it can tolerate occasional drought, regular watering during the growing season encourages healthy growth and flowering. Protecting it from frost and providing adequate airflow are essential for its well-being, mimicking the conditions of its native mountainous habitat.

With its charming appearance and minimal care requirements, Oreocereus lanatus is a delightful choice for cactus enthusiasts and succulent lovers alike, bringing a touch of Andean beauty to any environment.

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