Obregonia (Artichoke Cactus)

Obregonia is a genus of only one species – Obregonia denegrii. Obregonia belongs to the Cactaceae family and is one of the rarest of the living rock cactus. This slow-growing plant, originated from northeast Mexico, occurs at an altitude of about 800 meters above sea level.
The plant has solitary stem, with large triangular tubercles in the shape of a rosette. It produces funnel-shaped, white or slightly pink flowers, with yellow stamens in the centre. This cactus will add sunshine and love to your home!

Name meaning:

The genus name is given in honor of Alvaro Obregon (1880 – 1928), former president of Mexico.

Obregonia symbolism:

Obregonia symbolizes endurance and persistence.

Interesting facts about Obregonia:

Benefits and Uses

Obregonia is known as a “Peyote” because it has been used by the Tarahumara people as a substitute for Peyote (Lophophora).
Lophophora is a genus of only two species – Lophophora williamsii and Lophophora diffusa, commonly known as Peyote. These species contain psychoactive alkaloids, such as mescaline, that are used for their psychedelic effects, but has a long history with Native Americans for its ritualistic and medicinal purposes.
Obregonia contains alkaloids similar to those of the Lophophora genus. Many of these alkaloids have some psychotropic effects, but the amounts of these alkaloids are usually so small as to be insignificant.

Plant Type:

Cactus - Succulents


The flower colors are usually white or slightly pink, with yellow stamens.