Oreocereus celsianus - Old Man of the Andes

$9.49 MSRP: $10.49


Trust Guard Security Scanned
Secure Transaction:
Verified by Trust Guard
Free Shipping
on succulent orders over $45! (cont. US)


Have a question? Ask Us!

Product Details


Old Man of the Andes (Oreocereus celsianus) (Riccobono): An adorable, columnar cactus that has adapted to life in an extremely harsh environment. It is native to the Andes of Peru, Bolivia, and northern Argentina. Its thick covering of white, woolly hairs protects it from both sunburn and cold air. More hours of direct sun will induce it to grow a thicker coat. In the wild the stems can reach 7.0' tall and 4.7" wide, branching off at their bases. It blooms in spring with cerise flowers. It can tolerate short frosts down to 10F if kept dry in winter.

This cactus variety will not survive a hard frost, but if there is a risk of freezing temperatures it can be brought indoors to grow on a sunny window sill or under a grow light. Cactus need bright sunlight, great drainage, and infrequent water to prevent rot. Pick containers with drainage holes and use well-draining cactus and succulent soil with 70% to 80% mineral grit such as coarse sand, pumice, or perlite. Water deeply and wait for the soil to completely dry out before watering again. Keep dry in winter.

Full Cactus Guide

Product Size

2.5" Pot

Color - Primary


Color - Secondary

Green / Lime

Bloom Color

Red Bloom

Cold Hardiness

Zone 8 (10F)

Recommended Light Conditions

Full Sun

Recommended Light Conditions

Bright Indoor Light

Maximum Height

Over 12"

Growth Habit / Shape

Vertical Grower / Tall Stem

Growth Habit / Shape

Clumping / Mounding

Special Characteristic

Showy Blooms

Special Characteristic

Hard to Kill

USDA Zone map for average annual extreme minimum temperatures


8 9 10



Cactus 101 - Care Tips & Unique Traits

Learn about what makes Cacti unique, how to water them, what l...

Questions & Answers

Shipping info

  • Shipping Days: Monday, Tuesday
  • Same Week Shipping Cut-off: Monday 11:59PM PT
  • Delivery Days: Usually the following Thursday or Friday
  • Delivery Date Requests: Use the comments box during checkout
  • Why don't we ship every day? This schedule avoids weekend delays and helps us ensure the plants are delivered fresh

Click here for more shipping and ordering info.

See how we pack and ship succulents:


  • Customers Love Us: Thousands of 5-star reviews on Shopper Approved
  • Licensed California Succulent Nursery: Most online sellers are just marketers and re-sellers; we're the real deal
  • Family Owned & Operated: Growing and shipping beautiful succulents since 1995
  • Experienced Customer Service: Our friendly onsite staff are happy to help via phone or email
  • Plant Names Included: Reusable mini stakes or ID legends list varieties and their minimum temperature tolerances
  • Every Order is Handpicked: Our employees care about your order - they love succulents as much as you do
  • Environmentally Friendly: Recyclable packaging; minimal spraying and treatments
  • Quality GuaranteedWorry-free online shopping experience
Shopper Award
Mountain Crest Gardens BBB Business Review

Featured in:


Customer Reviews