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Parodia - Claviceps

Parodia - Claviceps


Parodia claviceps, also known as Eriocactus claviceps, is a small cactus that is native to southern Brazil, southern Paraguay, and northeastern Argentina. It is a solitary or clustering cactus that grows to be 10-50 cm tall and 8-20 cm in diameter. The stem is depressed spherical when young, becoming cylindrical with age. It has 23-30 well-defined ribs that are straight and acute. The areoles are woolly apically, later less so and only 3-4 mm apart. The spines are needle-like, straight to slightly arched, pale yellow to brown or reddish, later grey.


The flowers are large and sulphur yellow, blooming in summer. They are 4.5-6.5 cm in diameter and have a funnel-shaped shape. The fruits are spherical to ovoid, covered with dense wool and bristles and have diameters up to 1.5 centimeters. They contain reddish-brown to almost black seeds, which are nearly smooth and 1-1.2 millimeters long.


Parodia claviceps is a relatively easy cactus to care for. It prefers full sun and well-draining soil. It should be watered regularly during the growing season, but allowed to dry out completely between waterings. In winter, it should be kept in a cool, dry place and watered sparingly.



* Picture and information intended only as a guide.  Size and colours of plants will vary, not any 1 plant is exactly the same and minor variations will occur.


** All plants will be posted bare rooted.


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