Lobivia tiegeliana


Lobivia tiegeliana is also known under the synonym Echinopsis tiegeliana. It’s a part of the broader Echinopsis genus, which encompasses a wide range of cacti, previously classified under different names like Lobivia.


Lobivia tiegeliana is native to the highlands of Bolivia and Argentina. It thrives at altitudes ranging from 2,000 to 3,500 meters, where conditions are typically dry, with sharp temperature fluctuations between day and night. The soil in its natural habitat is rocky and well-draining, receiving limited but intense rainfall. This environment has endowed Lobivia tiegeliana with remarkable adaptability to varying moisture and temperature conditions.


Lobivia tiegeliana is a small, globular cactus, usually solitary but can sometimes form clusters. It grows to about 5-10 cm in height and 6-12 cm in diameter. The body of the plant is dark green, covered with evenly spaced areoles. From these areoles sprout small, yellowish to brown spines that can be up to 2 cm long. The spines are straight or slightly curved, adding to the plant’s ornamental appeal. One of the most striking features of Lobivia tiegeliana is its flowers. The blooms are large in comparison to the size of the plant, reaching up to 6-8 cm in diameter. The flowers exhibit vibrant colors, typically in shades of red, orange, or sometimes yellow, with a funnel shape. They bloom from the late spring to early summer, often opening during the day and closing at night.


Lobivia tiegeliana requires conditions similar to its natural highland habitat. It thrives in well-draining soil, typically a mix of standard cactus potting soil with added perlite or pumice for improved drainage. This cactus prefers full sun but can tolerate light shade. However, too much shade can impede its growth and flowering. Watering should be regular during the growing season (spring and summer), allowing the soil to dry out completely between waterings. In winter, reduce watering significantly to mimic its natural dry winter habitat. This cactus is relatively cold-tolerant but should be protected from frost. Lobivia tiegeliana does well in temperatures ranging from about 10°C to 25°C. It can tolerate brief periods of colder temperatures, but prolonged exposure to freezing conditions can be harmful.


Propagation of Lobivia tiegeliana is commonly done through seeds or by separating offsets. The seeds should be sown in a well-draining soil mix and kept moist until germination. Seedlings require a few years to reach flowering size. Offsets, when available, can be gently removed and planted separately. They tend to root easily and are a faster way to propagate this species.


The striking contrast between the Lobivia tiegeliana’s modest size and its large, vivid flowers makes it a favorite among cactus enthusiasts. The vivid colors of its blooms are particularly remarkable given the harsh, rugged environments where it originates. This species, like many in the Echinopsis genus, is known for its ease of care and spectacular blooming, making it an excellent choice for beginners in cactus cultivation. The transition of the Lobivia genus into Echinopsis reflects the dynamic and evolving nature of botanical classification, showcasing the complexity and diversity within the cactus family.

Official Web Site:

Italian Blog:

Read our advice

Recent Posts

Start typing and press Enter to search