Lophophora williamsii ‘Caespitosa, La Perdida’ | Seeds

(13 customer reviews)


A rare chance to own this magnificent Mexican clumping Lophophora williamsii ‘Caespitosa’ form. 25 seeds.

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Lophophora williamsii ‘Caespitosa, La Perdida’ | ‘Kobuki-ubadama’, ‘Peyote’, ‘Peyōtl’ | 25 seeds

A rare chance to own some of this magnificent Mexican Lophophora williamsii ‘Caespitosa’ form, collected in La Perdida.

Although multiple-headed growth is a common side-effect of cutting and grafting several Lophophora species, the ‘Caespitosa’ type forms so-called ‘planchas’ – extremely large mounds of pups up to a metre or so broad. This kind of incredibly prolific growth occurs in some related species too.

Japanese horticulturalists call this type of growth ‘Kobuki-ubadama’. The experts are still debating whether it’s technically a form (most currently say “Yes”) or a distinct variety (some currently say “No”) of williamsii, but it’s a very pleasing plant to grow despite nevertheless!

Lophophora williamsii is a small dark-green and spineless cactus, native to Mexico and south-western Texas and found primarily in the Chihuahuan desert and in the states of Coahuila, Nuevo León, San Luis Potosi and Tamaulipas among scrub – especially where there is limestone. Growing to around fifteen centimetres high, williamsii is drought-tolerant and prefers full sun to partial shade.

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 and has a history of ritualistic and medicinal use by indigenous Americans, who are likely to have used the plant for ceremonial purposes for at least five and a half thousand years.

This ‘Caespitosa’ form of the species is easy to raise from seed indoors or outdoors and is an amazing addition to any cactus garden!

All the seed sold by Arkham’s Botanical was freshly and ethically sourced

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13 reviews for Lophophora williamsii ‘Caespitosa, La Perdida’ | Seeds

  1. William O.

    Even better germination rate than the regular Caespitosa. 🙂

  2. okiebones

    Germinated in early September- very good germ rate overall. Compared to Texana and Pluricostata, these seem slightly smaller overall but still very healthy and growing well.

    • Arkham’s

      These are lovely seeds! We presume the slower growth rate is as caespitosa varieties tend towards spending a bit more of their available energy on pupping than the ‘standard’ williamsii. All the best!

  3. Jesse

    Excellent germination rate, obviously the result of fresh, hand-picked seed!

    • Arkham’s

      We’re really pleased we could offer this variety, although we’re uncertain if we’ll be able to get any more stock going forward.

  4. Anonymous

    Seeds looked great- germinating as I write!

    • Arkham’s

      Such a beautiful strain – good luck and all the best!

  5. Chris C.

    Great seeds

    • Arkham’s

      🙂 Indeed they are!

  6. ash

    Seeds appear fine, too early to tell if they’ll germinate well

    • Arkham’s

      😉 We’ve no complaints so far – good luck Ash!

  7. Chris P.

    A good germination rate and the seedlings look strong and healthy

    • Arkham’s

      🙂 Glad to hear it Chris!

  8. Dave

    Cannot as yet comment on germination rates/the locality but certainly looking forward to cultivating these fascinating plants

    • Arkham’s

      All the best with your grow!

  9. Chris

    The seeds looked healthy when they arrived and three have already germinated within a couple of days of sowing. Really pleased, and hopeful for the remaining seeds.

    • Arkham’s

      Glad they’ve started sprouting! We’ve had good reports (and personal experience) of this variety so are confident you’ll soon(-ish!) have some great plants. All the best!

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  11. Anonymous

    Fresh seeds good germination Thank you ..

    • Arkham’s

      🙂 Great aren’t they? Enjoy your plants!

  12. Chris

    Germination rates equal to my own seeds, look forward to seeing the matchstick heads grow up. I have seen photographs of the exact location these came from, an important strain in caespitosa history

    • Arkham’s

      Hi Chris, thanks for sharing your feedback – this is most definitely an important williamsii variety! All the best…

  13. Anonymous

    Well packaged

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