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San Pedro and Peyote are some of the worlds most sacred esoteric plants.
The adoration towards Peyote (Lophophora Williamsii) and San Pedro (Huachuma or Echinopsis/Trichocereus Pachanoi) has been traced back over 5000 years; contributing immensely to the rich history of native cultures in Peru, Mexico and Southwest United States.
The common name “San Pedro” was bestowed in memory of Saint Peter, who guards the gates of heaven yet native Americans know this plant as Huachuma.
The botanic name for San Pedro is Trichocereus Pachanoi, named after Professor Aberlardo Pachano who performed botany expeditions with Dr. Rose, the original western collector, in 1918. Although this is said the Trichocereus genus has since been moved by taxonomists into the Echinopsis genus, whereas it is referred to as Echinopsis Pachanoi - not all botanists agree with this merger.
The word Peyote is derived from the Aztec word peyotl, which means caterpillar's cocoon. These days most refer to Peyote simply as “button cacti”, “Lophs” or by their botanic name Lophophora Williamsii. Due to unsustainable harvest tactics Peyote is sadly endangered in the wild.
Although Peyote is to be protected in the wild, there are many variations of Lophophora Williamsii cacti in captivity, and many collectors like to grow differing hybrids from seed, to then graft onto a Trichocereus scion. By Grafting Peyote onto a Trichocereus, growers can then accelerate the growth rate of the button, yielding flowers sooner.
Just like San Pedro, many other Trichocereus cacti are treasured for the same principle, such as Trichocereus Peruvianus, Trichocereus Peruvianus Matucana, Trichocereus Peruvianus Rimac, Trichocereus Cuzcoensis, Trichocereus Bridgesii (Bolivian Torch), Trichocereus Scopulicola (Super Pedro).
These cacti are all highly respected by tribes, such as the Native American Church, and are believed to support spiritual growth and enlightenment. Although it is strictly illegal to use these cacti for medicinal purposes in Australia, ancestors of the Andes believe much wisdom can be gained in the presence of these spiritual 'teachers' - therefore it is understood that by simply having one in your home, spiritual protection is increased.
Whether inspired by the history of these plants or not, cacti collectors around the world admit that the Peyote and Trichocereus genus are highly sort after collectibles. Many simply appreciate the striking features of San Pedro’s thick ribbed columnar stature, whereas others appreciate the stories that they (or peyote) bring home with them.
To purchase your very own “traditionally sacred” cactus, contact our team for size, price and availability. To learn more about the history of these plants, head to our bookstore for some great references.