Tephrocactus articulatus var. papyracanthus is part of the Cactaceae family and its native range is NW. & N. Central Argentina. It is a succulent subshrub growing primarily in the desert or dry shrubland biome.
These plants are slow growing segmented cacti that eventually reach up to 30cm, the segments are loosely attached to one another so be careful. Spines are paper-like and not sharp but the glochids can be irritating. Blooms are typically white or yellow.
Genus name is from the Greek tephra, meaning ‘ash’, this is in reference to the colour of this plants epidermis. Specific epithet comes from the Latin articulatus meaning ‘furnished with joints’, this is in reference to the segments of this cactus. Papyracanthus comes from the Latin papirus meaning ‘paper-plant’; possibly in reference to the paper-like spines.
Pot: ø 8.5cm.
Height: Approximately 12cm from base of pot.
Light: Allow the plant to see the sun for as many hours of the day as possible; the plant ought to be able to see sun from where it is positioned in the home.
Water: Allow the potting mix to dry out completely in between waterings then water thoroughly. Keep almost completely dry in winter (watering typically every 2 months).
Potting mix: Cacti or succulent potting mix is ideal. You can amend our regular potting mix with sand, pumice or horticultural grit up to 50% to improve drainage. Re-pot every 2-3 years.
Fertilising: These plants are not heavy feeders, you could dilute fertiliser to half strength and feed monthly if you wish to give it a boost.
Humidity: Average home humidity or low humidity is fine.
This plant is non-toxic.