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 living rock cactus. This slow-growing plant, native to northeast Mexico, occurs at an altitude of about 800 meters (2625 ft) 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. Obregonia is among the most famous of all cacti and will definitely 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 also known as a “Peyote” because it has been used by Tarahumara people as a substitute for the real Peyote (Lophophora williamsii or Lophophora diffusa).
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 genus Lophophora. Many of these alkaloids have psychotropic effects, but the amounts of these alkaloids are usually so small as to be insignificant.

Obregonia Plant Data