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Cactus Kate® Sacred Cactus Collections refers to Peruvian Trichocereus species such as (common names) San Pedro & Peruvian torch cactus— Trichocereus pachanoi, Trichocereus bridgesii, and Trichocereus peruvianus. 

During her life Kate
collected authentic sacred cactus from Peru such as her gigantic Trichocereus pachanoi grown from a cutting brought back from Peru by a botanist in the 1960s. Today our plants are cloned each year from her mother plants. Kate's legacy specimens include T. peruvianus, T. pachanoi, T. bridgesii, T. spacianus, and ones whose unknown origins suggest both pachanoi and peruvianus traits such as Juul's giant, peruvianus var. fastest; peruvianus var. glaucus; and peruvianus var. rimac valley.
San Pedro cactus
(above) Cactus Kate® standard San Pedro cactus is the 18 inch minimum rooted tip cutting. UPC 862249000001

Kate Jackson & Desert Theatre

Sacred Cactus
Stone carvings thousands of years old show Chavin Indians, who preceded the Inca, using Trichocereus in shamanistic rituals. When Jesuit priests later introduced Christianity they taught of St. Peter (San Pedro in Spanish) who held the keys to Heaven. The native Indians told them of the cactus that also "held the keys to Heaven"; and thus it became known as St. Peter's Cactus (San Pedro Cactus).

san pedro cactus stone carving huachuma Famous Chavin Indian stone carving about 2,500 years old.

Archeologists describe this as—"Guy with bad teeth and snakes in his hair holds a cactus"

Today Peruvian Sacred Cactus such as Trichocereus pachanoi (san pedro), T. bridgesii, T. peruvianus, and others are still sold in Peruvian markets for their medicinal value in shamanistic healing ceremonies.

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sell the CACTUS KATE™ collection of genuine sacred Trichocereus cacti such as T. pachanoi, T. bridgesii, and T. peruvianus. Kate told me her pachanoi derive from cuttings brought back from Peru by a botanist in the 1960's. All plants designated by her brand are direct descendants of those rescued from her Desert Theatre nursery after she died. Kate's collection lives on through annual plant cloning propagation.
(below) San Pedro Cactus growing wild in the Andes mountains.
wild san pedro cactus

Kate had many authentic collector quality specimens of Trichocereus varieties native to the Peruvian Andes mountains where warm equatorial ocean currents supply moisture to the Amazon rainforest. Numerous types of Trichocereus have evolved there in isolated high altitude valleys drenched in fog. These are not desert cacti, but ones that grow rapidly like trees in the mineral rich mountain soil with abundant water from clouds.

Kate taught me to propagate Trichocereus cactus back in 1987—89. In doing so she gave me a lifelong skill that allows her spirit to live on through her legacy plants. Every spring her strains are cut for rooting new specimens. Limited quantities are sold through amazon.com, this website, and eBay as seller cactus_kate_trichocereus (website— sacredcactus.com).

Cactus Kate died suddenly in 2003. She was only 50. Her collection of Peruvian columnar cacti was rescued and moved (2006) to my mico ranch in the California Central Valley. Her exceptional strains of sacred Trichocereus cacti live on gloriously to be propagated every spring as new specimens for collectors.

V.R. 2013



She was a joy to know...her spirit lives on through her Trichocereus clones...
Cactus Kate, last known photo
Kate Jackson
1953—2003
Founder of Desert Theatre

It was a joy to know her, she was a bright spirit who made magic with her plants and with people, too.
(below) the mother plant owned by Kate from which all Cactus Kate® plants have been cloned. This authentic specimen was brought back as a cutting by a botanist in the 1960s.
 cactus Kate san pedro cactus mother plant
san pedro cactus garden
San Pedro cactus surround house
san pedro cactus flower
More about San Pedro cactus
San Pedro for landscaping

1) Fastest growing, spreading column like specimens. In a few years you can have towering tree size plants where other varieties of cactus would take decades to reach that size.


2) Safe to use around pets and children. The small spines (thorns to most people) are virtually harmless. Varieties such as barrel cactus, prickly pears, etc. can seriously injure a child or dog.


3) Large, beautiful, fragrant flowers. A large stand of San Pedro can flower with so much spectacle that people will stop to take photos.


4) Cold hardy. Unlike many succulents that can be damaged by frost, San Pedro will be uninjured by temperatures in the low 20s.


5) Easy to grow and propagate. One established you can take cuttings and root them in sandy soil. That way you can speed up landscaping an entire property line, or driveway for an impressive southwestern decor.

Some people may be concerned that San Pedro contain trace amounts of poisonous alkaloids including mescaline. However, this is a natural aspect of many cactus—not just San Pedro! There are dozens of other such plants. Nature produces these bitter tasting substances to prevent insects & animals from eating them. I have never seen insect damage and rarely any rodent damage to San Pedro.

Legal status
Trace amounts of poisonous alkaloids do not concern lawmakers. It is perfectly legal to own these plants. So enjoy this amazing landscaping plant! Once you have your own huge stand of San Pedro you will find it to be a source of wonder and mystery. You can easily make new plants each season to give to friends. I believe they are the most rewarding of all cactus to own.
12 foot tall san pedro cactus
Contact: Cactus_Kate@trichocereus.com
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