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Astrophytum



A grafted cultivar in my collection
known as "Lotus Land"


    Native to Mexico, this genus of beautifull cacti consists of four accepted species and several cultivars. Astrophytums are generally solitary globular cacti, one species remaining somewhat flattened and close to the ground (A. asterias) and the others growing somewhat columnar with age. They are easy to recognize having white scaly flecks that can be sparse, completely covering the plant such that it seems pure white, or arranged in fascinating and beautiful patterns. Most are 5 ribbed hence the common name "Star Cactus", but cultivars exist with four, three or even rarer, only two ribs. Monstrose cultivars exist as well such as the A. myriostigma monstrose form "Lotus Land" shown above.
    Cultivation is about the same as Ariocarpus. A quick draining mineral rich mix (limestone is best) watered regularly in summer and kept dry in winter. Morning to midday sun and afternoon shade suits them well. They grow slowly like Ariocarpus and can produce large yellow flowers in late spring and summer when 5 - 8 years old.

I have all 4 species of Astrophytum and a couple of cultivars.
Click on a thumbnail below.


Astrophytum myriostigma

Astrophytum ornatum

Astrophytum asterias

Astrophytum capricorne

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