Parodia chrysacanthion (K. Schum.) Backeb.
Golden Powder Puff
Parodia chrysacanthion is a small cactus with a spherical to short cylindrical, usually solitary stem with many spirally arranged ribs and densely covered with golden yellow spines. The stem grows up to 4.8 inches (12 cm) tall and 4 inches (10 cm) in diameter. Each yellowish-white areole bears a cluster of 30 to 40 straight, needle- to bristle-like, up to 0.8 inches (2 cm) long spines. Flowers are yellow, funnel-shaped, 0.8 inches (2 cm) in diameter, and appear in the center of the stem in summer.
USDA hardiness zones 9a to 11b: from 20 °F (−6.7 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
If you can grow cacti and succulents successfully, you can likely grow the popular Parodia without too much trouble. However, it is key to remember that Parodias do not like direct sunlight and are accustomed to more even water than many other cacti species. The cactus mustn't be exposed to prolonged dampness and sitting water. Never let your cactus sit in a dish of water. To encourage better flowering, allow the plants to enjoy a cooling period in the winter and dramatically cut back watering. Unlike other cacti species, however, you don't need to stop watering entirely. Lastly, fertilize during the growing season for the best results.
Repot as needed, preferably during the warm season. To repot Parodia, ensure the soil is dry before repotting, then gently remove the pot. Knock away the old soil from the roots, removing any rotted or dead roots in the process. Treat any cuts with a fungicide. Place the plant in its new pot and backfill it with potting soil, spreading the roots as you repot.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Parodia.
This species is native to Argentina (Jujuy).
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