Lophocereus schottii var. major


Lophocereus schottii is a desert-dwelling cactus native to southern Arizona and northwest Mexico. Nicknamed the totem pole cactus, it is naked until it reaches maturity, at which point it develops sharp, downward angles spines. It exhibits a mutualistic relationship with the senita moth. The moth is the only nocturnal pollinator of the species and the cactus serves as a host for reproduction. This plant bears edible red fruit, and where it is native in Mexico, its stems are used as homeopathic remedies for diabetes, stomach ulcers, hair loss, and other physical ailments.

Please note: Every plant will vary in size, color and shape from the one pictured. Planter is not included. Plant ships bare root.

Native to southern Arizona and northwest Mexico.


These desert cacti require full sun. Eight hours of direct sunlight a day is ideal but at a minimum these plants should be provided with at least five hours.


Once established, these plants are extremely drought tolerant. Water them thoroughly, fully saturating the soil. Always allow the soil to dry out completely in between waterings. If you are unsure whether or not the soil is dry, wait a few days before watering. It is much better to underwater than over water. Excessive moisture can quickly lead to root rot.

Tula's Tip

These plants prefer a gritty, sharply draining mix. Use cactus soil or amend regular potting mix with sand and fine pumice up to 50% to improve texture and drainage. Fertilize:Lophocereus schottii do not require fertilization, however you can feed them to give them a boost or refresh old soil that you’ve been using for a while. Use a fertilizer formulated specifically for cacti and succulents, once a month, during the spring and summer only.


Approx. 10" tall and 4" at widest point. Every plant will vary in size, color and shape.


Delivery Method

Nationwide shipping, NYC delivery and pickup available. Delivered Bare root