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Parodia chrysacanthion (Golden Powder Puff)

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Scientific Name

Parodia chrysacanthion (K. Schum.) Backeb.

Common Names

Golden Powder Puff

Synonyms

Echinocactus chrysacanthion (basionym)

Scientific Classification

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

Description

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

Parodia chrysacanthion (Golden Powder Puff)

Hardiness

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, 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.

Origin

Parodia chrysacanthion is native to Argentina (Jujuy).

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