Botanical name: Carnegiea gigantea
Synonym: Cereus giganteus, Pilocereus engelmannii, Pilocereus giganteus
Common name: Saguaro, Sahuaro
Native to: Arizona, South-Eastern California and the Sonora desert in Mexico
Cultivation / direction of sowing: all year-round, seeds are spread evenly over the surface of the substrate, based on finely sifted flower-sowing soil and 25% sand or quartz sand, sow in a propagator, under glass or transparent plastic, keep evenly moist but not soggy, optimal germination temperature approx. 18-25°C
Saguaro is a huge columnar, candelabra shaped cactus growing to 15 meters in height. Is not used as a traditional entheogen, it does however contain pharmacologically active alkaloids.
Active Constituents: arizonine, carnegine, dopamine, heliamine, dehydroheliamine, 3-4-dimethoxy-phenethylamine, salsolidine, dehydrosalsolidine