Can You Grow Peyote In The UK
We Brits love to grow a wide variety of plants in our gardens and homes since we are a
nation of passionate gardeners. But what about those more exotic and rare types such as
the sacred peyote cactus?
Gardeners and botanists alike are fascinated by the interesting species that make up the
vast and diverse world of cactus. A popular species among these is the Lophophora genus (AKA Peyote), which has a long history of spiritual and therapeutic use among native communities in Mexico and the southwest of the United States.
So, what about the inquisitive cactus fan over in the UK who wants to give cultivating this
mysterious plant a shot? Or is looking to purchase a Peyote seedling, for the pleasure of nurturing it into a mature plant?
Contrary to popular belief, growing peyote cactus for ornamental purposes is permitted in
the UK. Extraction of it hallucinogenic component (known as mescaline) is illegal and categorised as a Class A substance under the Misuse of Drugs Act of 1971. Nonetheless, the growing of the cactus itself is not prohibited by law. This plant is highly sought after and rarely available in the UK.
It is cherished amongst specialised cactus collectors, as these can live many decades and are often a family heirloom that is passed down from generation to generation.
At Desert Plants we’re proud to say we have a collection of Lophophora varieties ready for you to purchase:
Currently we have the following Lophophora species available:
When you buy a cactus or succulent from us, you can be assured that the packaging is
compostable, recyclable, plastic-free, sustainably sourced, and biodegradable.
Buy today and shop with Desert Plants!
Check out our previous article here.