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Tephrocactus articulatus 'Paper Spine Cactus'


An extremely unique specimen, Tephrocactus articulatus ‘Paper Spine Cactus’ features segmented, deep purplish green stems covered in globular tubercles. At the reddish tip of each tubercle emerges a pair of flattened ivory spines, which bend and wave in an irregular pattern that lends this variety an almost alien appearance! Though slow to mature, over time this variety can grow beyond 12 inches tall, with an irregularly stacked appearance thanks to the knobby nature of its stem segments.

Though hardy only to Zone 10, ‘Paper Spine Cactus’ is otherwise quite resilient – however, care must be taken when handling its stems, as the segments can break apart (though they will readily re-root if placed upon the soil below!). Bright sunlight is key to this variety’s success, and can be supplemented with a grow light in dimmer homes. Beyond this, a porous soil mixture within a well-draining pot, ample airflow around the stems and soil surface, and a thorough yet infrequent watering routine will have you well on your way to success with the endearingly bizarre ‘Paper Spine Cactus.’

Though generally a challenge to get to bloom indoors, when ‘Paper Spine Cactus’ does flower it will send up large white blossoms that creating a stunning contrast to its purplish green undertones.

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