Skip to site navigation

Parodia scopa subsp. scopa AGM

Home  |  Plants > Plant Selector > Parodia scopa subsp. scopa AGM

© RHS 1999

Characteristics

Plant type

Cactus/Succulent or Conservatory/Greenhouse

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H2 (tender - cool or frost-free greenhouse)

Colour

Flower

Yellow in Summer

Stem

Green and Grey/Silver in

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0-0.1 metre

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

silver ball

Family

Cactaceae


Parodia are cacti with either solitary or clustered, many-ribbed, globose, spiny stems, with funnel-shaped flowers near the apex

P. scopa is a cactus with solitary or clustering, globose to cylindrical stems to 50cm tall, with dense fine white or pale brown spines and funnel-shaped bright yellow flowers to 4cm across

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in standard cactus compost in full or bright filtered light. Water moderately from mid-spring to late summer and apply a low nitrogen liquid fertiliser every 6-8 weeks

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Acid or Neutral
  • Sand or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by seed at 19-24°C (66-75°F) in spring or summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Patio/Container Plants


How to care

Pruning

no pruning required

Pests

mealybugs and aphids may appear

Diseases

Generally disease free