Tephrocactus articulatus var. papyracanthus, Pine Cone Cactus


Paper spine cactus,  Tephrocactus articulatus var. papyracanthus is a slow-growing bushy cactus with segmented stems with interesting flat papery spines. It grows up to 12 inches (30 cm) tall. The little segments are pine cone-shaped, loosely attached, and fall easily.  These Argentinian cacti have small white flowers and will propagate when planting the segments.  Does well indoors in sunny location.  This plant comes in a 4″ pot. You will receive a cactus similar to the one in the picture. It might be blooming at the time of your purchase. The plant is shipped in its pot to prevent root damage.

Minimum avg. temperature: 50°F
Sun exposure: Full sun, partial shade in Summer
Origin: Western Argentina
Growth habits: Succulent to 1′ tall
Watering needs: Little or no water once established, but always dry out soil before watering.
Propagation: Segments, occasionally seeds



Great Gift!  So weird and easy to grow.


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