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TEPHROCACTUS

Image of Tephrocactus

Family

Cactaceae

Botanical Name

TEPHROCACTUS

Plant Common Name

Tephrocactus

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General Description

This diverse family of succulents is comprised of approximately 90 genera and thousands of species. All are native throughout the New World from North to South America and throughout the West Indies. They are characterized by beautiful densely petaled flowers with whorls of stamens that come in an array of bright colors, such as yellow, red, pink, magenta, white and orange. These attract a wide variety of pollinators, depending on the species, such as birds, bats, moths and bees. Many plants are night blooming.

Almost all cacti lack true leaves and instead have thick, green, succulent stems. When leaves are "absent" they are generally modified into sharp or fine spines.

Cacti vary widely in size, shape and habit. Most are found in arid regions are prefer full hot sun, infrequent water and perfectly drained, sandy or rocky soil. Cacti may be enjoyed as houseplants or in the garden, where climate and growing conditions allow.

Characteristics

  • Plant Type

    Cactus or Succulent

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Native To

    North America, Latin America and the Caribbean, Central America, South America

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    Yes

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Houseplant, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    Yes

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No