Lophophora Williamsii var. Cristata Cactus Seeds
Lophophora williamsii var cristata is a form of this williamsii cactus growing in a crested form. This a rare mutation of Lophophora williamsii. There exists an impressive array of cristates which form nicely contorted and convoluted brain-like mounds. They are some of the more striking and desirable crested cacti. Each specimen shows different crested shapes each of them has its own particular fascination. Pollination is only among crested plants and seeds are harvested from only these crested specimens. This does not always guarantee crested offspring, however, the odds are good when seeds are produced this way from crested parents. The chances of regular Lophophora williamsii seeds producing a crested offspring are 1 in 10,000 making this growth form very rare.
The Lophophora williamsii cactus, also known as peyote, is a rare spineless cactus native to Northern Mexico and South Texas. There are several different varieties and forms. The cristates form nicely contorted and convoluted brain-like mounds. They are even slower growing than the regular round form and quite rare. They are some of the more striking and priced crested cacti. They can show different crested shapes, and each of them has its own particular fascination. Like the regular form they maintain a large subterranean taproot which acts as a water reservoir during the dry season. Once mature they regularly display beautiful pink flowers throughout the summer months. Lophophora enjoys the company of other plants and does well potted in large groups. It should be grown in partial shade to avoid damaging the cactus from intense sunlight.
If looking for rare localities, or other Lophophora cacti to complete your cactus collection see our other Lophophora cactus seeds.
The Cactus Propagation page contains useful Lophophora seed sowing tips.