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
Drought Tolerance: High
Cold Tolerant: yes
Heat Tolerant: yes
Soil Description: Well-drained soils. Sandy clay and caliche.
Conditions Comments: One of the wonderful cold hardy Texas native clumping cacti. For conservation reasons, seeds of this and other native cactus species should not be collected from wild-growing populations. Keep this cute, small, light golden yellow flowered cactus happy with minimal 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