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Arizona Spinystar

Coryphantha vivipara

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
.7 × 1'
Freeze Tolerant No
Flowering Season April-August
Flower Color Pink
Minimum Temperature Range Variable, at least 0 °F
Leaf Description Spines
Fruit Greenish, curing red, long and spineless
Longevity
In years
15
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Elevation Range 500-9000 ft.
Ethnobotany The fruit was eaten raw and boiled, and was useful in small amounts against diarrhea.
Description This small cactus is widespread throughout the Southwest and Great Basin, and there are several varieties including some fairly rare ones in Arizona. Typically this plant is covered in dense white spines and branches readily. The flowers are a vibrant pink. Arizona spinystar can occur in a variety of habitats, but in Arizona is most often found on rocky slopes in the grasslands. Because of its small size this plant should be prominently placed in a visible location or cultivated in containers