Lophophora williamsii ‘Big Bend’ | ‘Peyote’, ‘Peyōtl’ | 20 seeds
Well, although we’re extremely pleased to have got our hands on very limited amounts of the wonderful Lophophora williamsii ‘Big Bend’, we’re also unhappy too, as we only went looking for it subsequent to the recent announcement by the amazing Cactus Conservation Institute that the tiny ‘Peyote’ population at Big Bend National Park in Texas was totally destroyed by poachers.
The higher price of this rare williamsii locality than our other locality varieties reflects scarcity and so we’ll be donating £4 to the Cactus Conservation Institute for every pack sold.
The ‘Big Bend’ patch is irreplaceable, as it was not only botanically important (it was the only such site ever discovered growing in very alkaline mineral soil) but anthropologically too, as the “last remaining example of the three known deliberate plantings of peyote by Native Americans prior to modern times”. Dark days indeed – but all the more reason to turn your hand to cultivating this particular variety.
Lophophora williamsii is a deep to dark-green cactus species, small and spineless and native to Mexico and south-western Texas. It’s found primarily in the Chihuahuan desert and in the states of Coahuila, Nuevo León, San Luis Potosi and Tamaulipas, where it grows to roughly fifteen centimetres in height. Williamsii is drought-tolerant and prefers full sun to partial shade, in wild scrub and limestone.
The English name ‘Peyote’ derives from the identically-spelled Spanish name, which in turn comes from the Nahuatl name ‘Peyōtl’, said to be derived from a root meaning “glisten” or “glistening”. The species has enjoyed a long relationship with humans, notably being used medicinally and ritualistically by indigenous Americans, who are collectively thought to have used this cactus for ceremonial purposes for at least five and a half thousand years.
All the seed sold by Arkham’s Botanical was freshly and ethically sourced
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