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Santa Cruz Beehive Cactus

Coryphantha recurvata

Details & Attributes


Plant Type(s) Cactus, succulent, perennial
Native to Arizona Yes!
Water Needs Low
Sun Full sun, partial shade
Pollinators Bees
Has Spines Yes
Size
In relative feet, width by height
.9 × 1-3'
Freeze Tolerant No
Flowering Season June-August
Flower Color Yellow
Minimum Temperature Range 10-25 °F
Leaf Description Spines
Fruit Greenish, long and spineless
Longevity
In years
15
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Elevation Range 3937-5905 ft.
Description This species is rare in habitat in the U.S. and has been documented only from the Atascosa Highlands of Santa Cruz County where it grows on rocky slopes and cliff sides. You may have a difficult time finding this plant in cultivation, but when available it makes a fantastic landscape or potted specimen. Beehive cactus is both drought and cold tolerant in lower elevation gardens but may benefit from frost protection at higher elevations. This plant has golden, downward facing central spines that look gorgeous when they reflect the light. The small yellow flowers appear in summer.