Coryphantha sulcata (Engelm.) Britton & Rose
Nipple Cactus, Pineapple cactus
Cactaceae (Cactus Family)
Synonym(s): Mammillaria sulcata
USDA Symbol: cosu7
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Retention: Evergreen
Size Notes: Clump 6-8 inches wide.
Size Class: 0-1 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: Feb , Mar
Native Habitat: Throughout Southwestern United States in rocky soil, in deserts, and grasslands, along sandy beaches.
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Cold Tolerant: yes
Heat Tolerant: yes
Soil Description: well drained soils- sandy clay, caliche
Conditions Comments: One of the wonderful cold hardy Texas native clumping cacti that should not be collected from natural areas unless it is threatened where it is growing and permission is given. Keep this cute, small, light golden yellow flowered cactus happy with mininal moisture in the growing season and on the dry side in winter or it will rot. Germinates well from fresh seed. It tends to grow in groups in nature and recovers slowly from damage.
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Interesting Foliage: yes
Deer Resistant: High
PropagationPropagation Material: Seeds
Description: Easiest from seed
Commercially Avail: yes
Maintenance: keep on the dry side. Natural rainfall is usually enough moisture in the garden
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Fredericksburg Nature Center - Fredericksburg, TX
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX
Texas Discovery Gardens - Dallas, TX
NPSOT - Fredericksburg Chapter - Fredericksburg, TX
BibliographyBibref 286 - Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country (1989) Enquist, M.
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Coryphantha sulcata in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Coryphantha sulcata in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Coryphantha sulcata
MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-08-17
Research By: NPC