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Melocactus warasii


Rounded, bluish green stems feature undulating ridges dotted with cottony areoles from which long coppery red, slightly recurved spines emerge. As this Brazillian native matures, it can reach a height of up to 30 inches – though within the confines of our homes, Melocactus warasiitypically stays far more petite. Most remarkable, however, is the red ‘cephalia’ that will form atop the stem as this cactus continues to grow. A dense collection of areoles and spines, this component of Melocactus warasiiwill form pink blooms, followed by waxy fruits.

A bit more specific in its care requirements than some cacti, this specimen prefers bright light and a consistent watering routine, with more minimal periods of dryness in between drinks than is typical for many cacti. That said – excess moisture or ‘wet feet’ is not what Melocactus warasiineeds, and should be avoided by utilizing a porous soil mixture within a well-draining pot and ensuring ample airflow around the stem and soil surface.

Furthermore, while Melocactus warasiiis technically hardy down to Zone 10, it prefers not to dip below 45 degrees Fahrenheit – and favors temperatures well above 60 degrees!

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