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Turbinicarpus schmiedickeanus


Scientific Name

Turbinicarpus schmiedickeanus (Boed.) Buxb. & Backeb.


Turbinicarpus schmiedickeanus subsp. schmiedickeanus, Turbinicarpus schmiedickeanus var. schmiedickeanus, Echinocactus schmiedickeanus, Neolloydia schmiedickeana

Scientific Classification

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


Turbinicarpus schmiedickeanus is a small cactus that grows almost completely buried in the ground. The stem is green with some white wool at the apex, spherical, up to 2 inches (5 cm) tall, and up to 1.6 inches (4 cm) in diameter. Flowers are white to pink in color, outside with darker midribs, funnel-shaped, and up to 1 inch (2.5 cm) in diameter.


USDA hardiness zones 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Turbinicarpus prefer to be in a well-ventilated position in full sun to maintain a good body color and spinal development. When it comes to watering, the golden rule is "never water when the soil is still damp." This is the one error that will certainly kill any plant. Watering should commence in the spring, depending upon the weather conditions at the time. The plants should initially be given a light spray to gently encourage them into growth.

These cacti can withstand high summer temperatures and indeed benefit, providing accompanied by good ventilation. Do not be tempted to overcrowd the plants, and they will be far happier with a little space to allow the air to circulate. Winter temperatures can be set as low at 44 to 46 °F (7 to 8 °C). Indeed the plants need these low temperatures to ensure a sustained dormant period resulting in good growth and flowering the following growing season.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Turbinicarpus.


Native to Mexico (Tamaulipas).


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