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Parodia chrysacanthion (Golden Powder Puff)


Scientific Name

Parodia chrysacanthion (K. Schum.) Backeb.

Common Names

Golden Powder Puff


Echinocactus chrysacanthion (basionym)

Scientific Classification

Family: Cactaceae
Subfamily: Cactoideae
Tribe: Notocacteae
Genus: Parodia


Parodia chrysacanthion is a small, solitary, globular to columnar cactus, up to 8 inches (20 cm) tall and up to 4 inches (10 cm) in diameter, with spirally arranged ribs and covered with thick, yellow wool at the crown. Yellowish white areoles have yellow spines. Flowers are yellow, funnel-shaped, 0.8 inches (2 cm) in diameter. They are produced in the center of the plant.


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. It is key to remember, however, that Parodias do not like direct sunlight and are accustomed to more even water than many other cacti species. It is imperative that the cactus is not 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 entirely stop watering. Lastly, make sure to fertilize during the growing season for the best results.

Repot as needed, preferably during the warm season. To repot Parodia, make sure the soil is dry before repotting, then gently remove the pot. Knock away the old soil from the roots, making sure to remove any rotted or dead roots in the process. Treat any cuts with a fungicide. Place the plant in its new pot and backfill with potting soil, spreading the roots out as you repot.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Parodia.


Parodia chrysacanthion is native to Argentina (Jujuy).


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