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Scientific Name: Lophophora diffusa (Croizat) Bravo H.
Synonym: Lophophora williamsii var. koehresii, Lophophora viridescens, Lophophora diffusa ssp. viridescens, Lophophora echinata var. diffusa, Lophophora diffusa var. koehresii, Peyotl viridescens
Family: Cactaceae
Peyote (Lophophora  diffusa)
Lophophora diffusa at Kuentz Nursery in early June
Recommended Temperature Zone:
USDA: 9b-11

Minimum Avg. Temperature: 45F (8C)

Sun Exposure: Light shade in summer, full sun the rest of the year

Origin: Mexico (Queretaro)

Growth Habits: Globular spineless cactus with large tap root, 5 inches in diameter (12 cm)

Watering Needs: Needs good drainage, moderate watering in summer, no water in winter

Propagation: Seeds

This is a relative of Lophophora williamsii, the true Peyote. This species is not specifically named in the law, and probably legal to possess. It has 5 to 13 ribs. Some small woolly patches at the areoles and growing tip.

Lophophora diffusa v. koehrsi, photo by Klaus Hanisch

Cultural Practices:
Grow in a narrow and deep container to accommodate the tap root. Because of the shape of the pot the soil mixture must have an excellent drainage.

Blooming Habits:
Large pinkish white flowers, reaching over 1 inch in diameter (3 cm). They are followed by pink or white fruit

Fruiting Habits:

Cacti: The Illustrated Dictionary

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