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Astrophytum ornatum

Star cactus

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  • Astrophytum ornatum | Copyright Greenplantswap 2019
  • Astrophytum ornatum | Copyright Greenplantswap 2019

Features

  • BloomsJune to September
  • Height0.15m to 0.35m
  • Spread0.15m
  • Growth HabitCactus-like
  • Flower ColourYellow

Description

Astrophytum ornatum (Star cactus). This species of cactus will grow into an elongated columnar shape with deep ribs. It will bear large showy yellow flowers in the summer and autumn. The flowers can grow about 3in across.

Characteristics

Perennial, Evergreen, Succulent or Cactus

Other common names

Ornamental monkshood

Origin

C.E. Mexico

Interest and use

Ornamental, container, greenhouse, indoors

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  • Astrophytum ornatum | Copyright Greenplantswap 2019
  • Astrophytum ornatum | Copyright Greenplantswap 2019

Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained
  • Soil pH8.0 to 9.0
  • 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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