solitary, densely covered by short golden spines encircled in white
Stem: Cylindrical or club shaped, up to 18 cm tall and 7-10 cm in
diameter. Without latex.
Tubercles: Cylindrical. The axil has few wool at first, later with curly wool.
Central spines: 4 to 6 bright yellow (usually), orangish to dark
brown, becoming brownish or whitish, approx 5-10 mm long.
Radials: 22-24 pale yellowish to almost pure white 2 - 4 mm long.
Flowers: Pale pink to red, small up to 5 mm in diameter
Fruits: Yellow below, orange above.
Cultivation: An easy-to-grow and easily flowering species,
but not a fast grower.
Some plants will offset, and moderately large-sized
clumps can be produced in a few years.
Water regularly in summer, but do not over-water
(rot prone). Use a pot with good
drainage and a very porous potting media, and
keep dry in winter.
a high potassium fertilizer in summer.
Avoid frost. Reputedly
sensitive to low temperatures, but less so if kept on the dry side prior
to, and during, cold
weather. Outside full sun or afternoon shade, inside
it needs bright light, and some direct sun.
Bright light, encourages flowering and heavy wool and
Propagation: Direct sow after last frost, or
division of larger plants.