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Escobaria sneedii

Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Escobaria (es-koh-BAR-ree-uh) (Info)
Species: sneedii (SNEED-ee-eye) (Info)

Synonym:Escobaria sneedii subsp. sneedii
Synonym:Coryphantha sneedii
Synonym:Coryphantha pygmaeae
Synonym:Escobaria sneedii var. sneedii

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Cactus and Succulents

under 6 in. (15 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)
9-12 in. (22-30 cm)
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
Pale Pink

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer

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Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant may be considered a protected species; check before digging or gathering seeds
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
Allow cut surface to callous over before planting
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral glochid15 On May 12, 2011, glochid15 from Parsons, KS (Zone 6b) wrote:

This plant can survive far colder than zone 8, as my clone was reportedly hardy to as far north as Nebraska. In cold, wet climates, however, it doesn't do so well. It is sometimes mistaken for a similar species, Escobaria leei, which only gets to about 6 inches in diameter.

Positive dave12122 On Dec 27, 2010, dave12122 from East Haddam, CT wrote:

This one (and the related leei) is hardy in my Zone 6b garden. However, it needs a very sunny well drained location with full wind exposure otherwise it is prone to rot. The flowers are no big deal, but the spines are attractive.

Positive Kelli On May 15, 2005, Kelli from L.A. (Canoga Park), CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

Protect from winter rain.

U.S., Texas, and New Mexico endangered species.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Canoga Park, California
Hesperia, California
East Haddam, Connecticut
El Paso, Texas

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