Espostoa nana


The Espostoa nana is indigenous to Huallanca, Ancash, Peru, Western South America and parts of Southern America. This species maintains a columnar form with thick stems, branching from the base. Ribs are numerous and closely set. Whitish areolas sport approximately 30, pale yellowish radial spines. The entirety of this plant is covered in white wooly hairs (especially at the tips of the stems). Flowers are nocturnal, appearing in summer from a whitish cephalium. Easy species to cultivate, good choice for beginners. Great candidate for containers.



1. Unique and beautiful appearance (focal point piece)
2. Manicured look 365 days a year
3. Great candidate for pots/containers
4. Stunning nocturnal flowers


1. Easy species to cultivate
2. Perfect for beginners


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Espostoa melanostele f. inermis (Backeb.) Krainz
Espostoa melanostele var. inermis (Backeb.) W.T.Marshall
Pseudoespostoa melanostele var. inermis Backeb.

Plant Details
USDA Zone Information: 
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Ideal Light Conditions: 
Full sun
Ideal Water Conditions: 
Moderate in summer/Dry in winter
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Latin Name: 
Espostoa nana

Corporate Clients (The King hangs hard)


RoboCop (1987)
RoboCop 2 (1990)
Hot Pursuit (2015)


USA Network's Queen of the South (2019)

Botanical Gardens:

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Oklahoma City Zoo/Botanical Gardens
Mercer Arboretum in Houston, Texas
Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids, Michigan


Houston, TX Zoo
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