Parodia magnifica - Cacti and Succulents

Parodia magnifica

Ball cactus

Parodia magnifica is a species of flowering plant in the cactus family Cactaceae, native to southern Brazil. One of several species called ball cactus, it grows to 3–6 in. tall by 18 in. broad, with heavily ribbed, spherical to columnar, spiny and hairy stems, bearing pale yellow flowers in summer. Its natural habitat is cool, dry temperate grassland at elevations of up to 2,600 ft. Populations are sparse and fragmented, and it has been designated as “Endangered” by the IUCN Red List.

Source: IUCN, Encyclopedia of Cacti

Growing Conditions

  • Light: Parodia typically doesn’t like direct afternoon sunlight and should be in the partial shade through the hottest hours. They can take direct sunlight in the morning and afternoons.
  • Water: Throughout the growing season (spring and summer) provide regular water to keep the potting soil lightly moist. In the winter, cut back watering and let the soil almost dry between waterings, but do not let it completely dry out.
  • Soil: A rich, fast-draining cactus mix is ideal.
  • Fertilizer: During the growing season, fertilize with a cacti fertilizer mix. These respond especially well to fertilizer. Suspend feeding during the dormant winter period.

Source: The Spruce

Scientific classification

Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Cactaceae
Subfamily: Cactoideae
Tribe: Notocacteae
Genus: Parodia
Species: P. magnifica
Binomial name
Parodia magnifica

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