Lophophora williamsii ‘Ocampo’ | ‘Peyote’, ‘Peyōtl’ | 25 seeds
‘Ocampo’ is a great Lophophora williamsii (‘Peyote’) variety, not to mention another of our UK exclusives too! We don’t have too much information about this form of this much-venerated cactus, but we do know that it was originally found growing in the area of Ocampo, in Coahuila province, Mexico. For what it’s worth, we believe this type likely originates from one of two collections made in the region: one in 1976, by Werner Reppenhagen (at 1,200 metres – ‘REPP 1194D’), the other, in 2014, by Petr Antálek (at 1,501 metres – ‘PA 1476’). We think it’s more likely from the latter, but please don’t quote us on that!
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 human 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.
All the seed sold by Arkham’s Botanical was freshly and ethically sourced this year