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PlantFiles: Maihueniopsis
Maihueniopsis subterranea

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Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Maihueniopsis (may-hew-en-ee-OP-sis) (Info)
Species: subterranea (sub-ter-RAY-nee-uh) (Info)

Synonym:Opuntia subterranea
Synonym:Tephrocactus subterraneus
Synonym:Cumulopuntia subterranea
Synonym:Puna subterranea
Synonym:Tephrocactus variflorus

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Category:
Cactus and Succulents

Height:
under 6 in. (15 cm)

Spacing:
3-6 in. (7-15 cm)
6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Hardiness:
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
Light Shade

Danger:
Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:
Rose/Mauve
Red
Brown/Bronze

Bloom Time:
Unknown - Tell us

Foliage:
Deciduous
Succulent

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
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:
Non-patented

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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Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral Xenomorf On Jul 7, 2005, Xenomorf from Valley of the Sun, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

This plant has deep tuberous roots with only 1 or a half inch growing above ground level. The flower color ranges from brown to deep rose red to a pale yellowish rose.
The leaves on Maihueniopsis's are very small and fall off early.
Another synonym is Pseudotephrocactus subterraneus.



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