NARGS Plant of the Month

Maihuenia poeppigii

Description and General Information:

This cactus is native to southern-central Chile and western Neuquen province of Argentina, growing primarily in volcanic soils at an elevation of 500-2200m.  Its habitat includes dry steppe, open Araucaria forest and cold, windy, subalpine stony slopes and plateaus. In the wild, it is often covered in snow for several months.

Plants form dense, branched cushions, up to 1-2 meters in diameter. The 10-20 cm long stems are cylindrical with short, fleshy, cylindrical leaves...