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PlantFiles: Birdfoot Cactus, Nellie Cory Cactus
Escobaria minima

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Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Escobaria (es-koh-BAR-ree-uh) (Info)
Species: minima (MIN-eh-muh) (Info)

Synonym:Coryphantha minima
Synonym:Coryphantha nellieae
Synonym:Escobaria nellieae
Synonym:Mammillaria nellieae

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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 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

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

Bloom Color:
Pale Pink

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:
Unknown - Tell us

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:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
Allow cut surface to callous over before planting
From seed; sow indoors before 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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1 positive
1 neutral
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Gardeners' Notes:

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

This could be a Zone 6 plant, but is very prone to rotting if the soil is wet in the winter or early Spring. Cold temperatures alone do not seem to bother it, but the combination of wet soil and cold can be deadly. The flowers are relativley large considering the size of the plant. This certainly is worth a gamble.

Neutral frostweed On Sep 7, 2006, frostweed from Josephine, Arlington, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Birdfoot Cactus, Nellie Cory Cactus Escobaria minima, is Endemic to Texas and is classified as an Endangered species.

Regional...

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

Mesa, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona
East Haddam, Connecticut



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