Lemaireocereus hollianus cristata forms fans densely spined with black centrals and many white down-curving white radials. With new growth, tips of spines are bright reddish. Cristate forms generally occur when injury occurs to the plant at a young age (this damage can be due to insects eating the growing tip, or from many other causes, including a genetic predisposition). In reaction to the "injury", the cells at the tip of the branch where growth occurs begin to multiply at a much faster rate and the normal growing tip "goes crazy", creating fantastic whorls and fans. Requires porous soil with adequate drainage. Prefers bright light or full sun and ample airflow. Water thoroughly when soil is dry to the touch. Protect from frost.