Lophophora williamsii ‘Paila’ | ‘Peyote’, ‘Peyōtl’ | 25 seeds
An excellent Lophophora williamsii (‘Peyote’) variety, collected from around the extremely small (seven dwellings and ten adults as of writing!) town of Paila, in the Mexican state of Coahuila (also known as Coahuila de Zaragoza). In keeping with the origins of this strain, we’ve only a very small quantity of seed available, so order soon if you want to get growing! This is another of our UK exclusives…
Lophophora williamsii is a small dark-green and spineless cactus, native to Mexico and southwestern 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 in 2018-2019