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Astrophytum myriostigma

Bishop's cap cactus

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  • Astrophytum myriostigma | Copyright Greenplantswap 2019
  • Astrophytum myriostigma | Copyright Greenplantswap 2019

Features

  • BloomsJune to August
  • Height0.15m to 0.25m
  • Spread0.1m to 0.3m
  • Growth HabitCactus-like
  • Flower ColourYellow orange
  • AwardsRHS Garden Merit

Description

Astrophytum myriostigma (Bishop's cap cactus). This is a rounded cactus green-grey with white scales. The flowers are yellow and glossy and bloom in the summer.

Characteristics

Perennial, Evergreen, Succulent or Cactus

Other common names

Bishop's hood, Bishop's hat

Origin

N.E.Mexico

Interest and use

Grown for their freely produced, flattish, yellow flowers, some with red centres.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained
  • Soil pH5.0 to 6.0
  • WaterDry

Cultivation

They are frost tender with a min of 5C. They will prefer sun and very well drained soil, lime rich soil. It is rather prone to rot if it becomes too wet. Dry completely in winter.

Propagation

You can propagate by seeds in the winter or summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Mealy bug could cause damage.

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