Description: Plants are
usually unbranched or slowly clustering, deep-seated
in substrate, and inconspicuous.
, 1 to 3 cm high, 2.5 - 6 cm in diameter. The
axil is naked.
Diffuse, not enlarged.
26 - 36, glassy white, brown tipped, 2 - 6 mm long.
Central spines: Absent.
18 - 20 mm long, 16 - 18 mm in diameter,
white or cream, usually with sharply defined midstripes of tan-pink
Blooming season: From January to March
Fruits: Scarlet, cylindrical or clavate, 10-25 mm long, with floral
remnant persistent, ripening in June August.
Cultivation: This plant
has not the fame to be easy to cultivate, but in good conditions
it grows without difficulty.
It is especially sensitive to overwatering.
So careful watering and an open
potting soil are a must.
the use of
peat or other
humus sources in the
to the potting mix which must be moderately acidic.
Can be sensitive to frost (but if dry they are resistant to
-5° C). Requires
to reach its full potential
achieve success in
A winter rest that allows the plant to shrivel (perhaps losing up to
25% of its summer height) will encourage flowering and long time
survival. Be careful to encourage slow growth.
Provide very good
Propagation: Direct sow
after last frost. (it usually doesn't produces offsets).
conspecific taxa, varieties, forms and cultivars of the
Lasiacanthae group. (This
taxon has lots of synonyms whit several controversial varieties