Silver Ball Cactus (Parodia scopa)

Common names:
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Botanical names:
Parodia scopa Accepted
Notocactus scopa Synonym

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Plant Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9b -3.9 °C (25 °F) to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Yellow
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Will Naturalize
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth
Conservation status: Vulnerable (VU)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Vulnerable

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Posted by Baja_Costero (Baja California - Zone 11b) on Aug 24, 2019 8:34 PM

South American ball-shaped cactus, sometimes cylindrical, often clumping, with dense spines and yellow flowers in groups. From Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay. Relatively common in cultivation. Well-behaved container plant, not demanding about space. Enjoys good drainage, lots of sun, and infrequent water.

Four subspecies are currently recognized, with varying distributions: Parodia scopa subsp. scopa (30-40 ribs, ~4 central spines, 40+ radials); Parodia (Parodia scopa subsp. marchesii) (19-28 ribs, 2-4 centrals, ~40 radials); Parodia (Parodia scopa subsp. neobuenekeri) (18-21 ribs, 6-12 centrals, 30-40 radials); Parodia (Parodia scopa subsp. succinea) (18-24 ribs, 8-12 centrals, 15-30 radials).

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Help. Succulent identification. by Thegirloftheflowers Mar 19, 2019 11:44 PM 8
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