Parodia scopa (Silver Ball Cactus)

Common Name: “Silver Ball Cactus”; “Snowball Cactus”

Scientific Classification:
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Cactaceae
Sub-Family: Cactoideae
Genus: Parodia
Species: P. scopa

Note: A synonymous name for this cactus is Notocactus scopa.

Native To: Brazil and Uruguay

Growing Specs:

  • Appearance: Ball-shaped, cylindrical form that grows up to 20″ tall and 4″ wide. The stems are almost hidden by soft tufts of bristly silvery spines. It has a spiny, woolly crown.
  • Flowering: Exhibits pale yellow flowers in the summer. The texture of the flowers is almost straw-like.
  • Hardiness: Cold hardy to 25 degrees F.

Care Requirements: Likes bright indirect light. A lot of cacti prefer full sun, but this one needs some protection from constant direct rays. It will need well-draining cactus or succulent mix. It needs more water than most cacti, but not much more than 2-3 times per month.

Propagation: Carefully remove the offshoots that form on the lower side of the main plant and place in a cactus mix, such as Hoffman 10410 Organic Cactus and Succulent Soil Mix, 10 Quarts. Mist once every couple of weeks.

Toxicity: Non-toxic to pets. Check out my Pet Safety Guide for more information.

Xylem Rising’s Observations: Cacti are often extremely slow-growing, and this plant is no exception. It is about the same size as when I got it 2 years ago.




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