Lophophora williamsii | ‘Peyote’, ‘Peyōtl’ | Seeds
The wonderful Lophophora williamsii is a small, dark-green and spineless globular cactus, native to Mexico and southwestern Texas. Growing primarily in the Chihuahuan desert and in the states of Coahuila, Nuevo León, San Luis Potosi and Tamaulipas, peyote reaches roughly fifteen centimetres tall and is found naturally among scrub (especially in limestone-heavy habitats). It’s easy to grow from seed, 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