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Astrophytum capricorne var. niveum


Also known by the common name ‘Goat’s Horns,’ Astrophytum capricorne var. niveum begins life as a globular stem, taking on a more cylindrical shape as it matures.  Reaching up to 20 inches tall and 8 inches across, this deep green plant is covered in white flecks that lend it a furry look. This, coupled with the long brownish spines emerging from its areoles, is what gives this exceptional plant its namesake! When viewed from above, the ribs of the plant seem to swirl around its center, lending it an almost mesmerizing appearance sure to complement even the most established succulent collection.

Like all desert cacti, this Mexican native thrives in dry and bright conditions – so a sunny south-facing windowsill, coupled with thorough but infrequent watering, will have you well on your way to success. Inadequate light exposure can result in an unnatural growth pattern, while overwatering can lead to issues with rot. Furthermore, an extremely porous soil medium and a well-draining, deep pot are must-haves for this variety. 

During the winter months, take care to shield ‘Goat’s Horns’ from freezing temperatures – and as a reward for your efforts, during the summer months you can expect large yellow flowers with red throats to emerge above the cactus!

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