Photo by Melody

PlantFiles: Parodia
Parodia erinacea

Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Parodia (par-ROH-dee-uh) (Info)
Species: erinacea (er-in-uh-SEE-uh) (Info)

Synonym:Notocactus tetracanthus
Synonym:Notocactus erinaceus
Synonym:Notocactus acuatus
Synonym:Echinocactus erinaceus
Synonym:Echinocactus tetracanthus

Cactus and Succulents

under 6 in. (15 cm)

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

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)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

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

Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer

Unknown - Tell us

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:

Propagation Methods:
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

Click thumbnail
to view:

By Xenomorf
Thumbnail #1 of Parodia erinacea by Xenomorf

By Xenomorf
Thumbnail #2 of Parodia erinacea by Xenomorf

By Xenomorf
Thumbnail #3 of Parodia erinacea by Xenomorf

By palmbob
Thumbnail #4 of Parodia erinacea by palmbob

By franj
Thumbnail #5 of Parodia erinacea by franj

By franj
Thumbnail #6 of Parodia erinacea by franj

By Xenomorf
Thumbnail #7 of Parodia erinacea by Xenomorf

There are a total of 9 photos.
Click here to view them all!


1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive palmbob On May 31, 2007, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is a very common cactus in cultivation in Southern California, but rarely identified... have a number of these now and only figured out what they were by stumbling onto some photos of them (usually under one of the listed synonyms). Blooms off and on most of the year and tolerant of sun, shade, water, drought etc... pretty tolerant species.

Neutral Xenomorf On Aug 16, 2005, Xenomorf from Valley of the Sun, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

Other synonyms are: Cactus erinaceus, Malacocarpus erinaceus, Wigginsia erinacea, Echinocactus acuatus, Malacocarpus acuatus & Wigginsia acuata.


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

Phoenix, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona
Reseda, California

We recommend Firefox
Overwhelmed? There's a lot to see here. Try starting at our homepage.

[ Home | About | Advertise | Media Kit | Mission | Featured Companies | Submit an Article | Terms of Use | Tour | Rules | Privacy Policy | Contact Us ]

Back to the top

Copyright © 2000-2015 Dave's Garden, an Internet Brands company. All Rights Reserved.

Hope for America