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Oroya (Variegated)


The name of this genus, which includes very few species, derives from Oroya, the capital of the province of Yauli, in Peru, which is the place of origin, where, in the high Andean mountains, this cactus was found. It is undoubtedly one of the most cold-tolerant South American species, consisting of a globular or slightly cylindrical stem of a limited size, with well-defined vertical ribs, on which various spines sprout, generally the stem is of a typical yellowish color. It is highly appreciated for its resistance, in spring and summer it will liven up your gardens with lovely bell-shaped flowers in bright shades, that bloom at the top of the plant and create a pleasant contrast with the bright green color of the plant!