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Aztekium hintonii


Scientific Name

Aztekium hintonii Glass & W.A.Fitz Maur.

Scientific Classification

Family: Cactaceae
Subfamily: Cactoideae
Tribe: Cacteae
Genus: Aztekium


Aztekium hintonii is a slow-growing, globular to shortly columnar, usually solitary cactus. The stem is grayish-green, slightly woolly at the apex, up to 8 inches (20 cm) tall and up to 4 inches (10 cm) in diameter. It has 10 to 15 ribs, well defined, traversed by tiny wrinkles and up to 0.5 inches (1.3 cm) deep. The short-lived spines are grayish-white, curved and up to 0.5 inch (1.3 cm) long. The flowers are diurnal, magenta, up to 1.2 inches (3 cm) in diameter and appear in summer.

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USDA hardiness zones 10a to 11b: from 30 °F (−1.1 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Aztekiums are by far the most challenging and difficult cacti to grow. They are having extremely slow growth, probably the slowest of the entire Cactus family. They usually take several years for growth to be even noticeable. Once a specimen is established on its own roots it is no trouble to keep it and becomes an easy plant to manage.

Because of the difficulty of cultivation, Aztekiums are most often grafted to hardier stock. They need good drainage and regular water in summer. Keep nearly totally dry in winter. If grafted, the plants can take a little more water. Just remember the graft stock is also a cactus and will rot if overwatered. Provide shade from midday through the afternoon. A little morning sun is OK.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Aztekium.


Aztekium hintonii is endemic to Nuevo León, Mexico.


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