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PlantFiles: Missouri Foxtail Cactus, Yellow PIncushion Cactus
Escobaria missouriensis

Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Escobaria (es-koh-BAR-ree-uh) (Info)
Species: missouriensis (miss-oor-ee-EN-sis) (Info)

Synonym:Cactus missouriensis var. missouriensis
Synonym:Coryphantha missouriensis
Synonym:Mammillaria missouriensis
Synonym:Neobesseya missouriensis

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Cactus and Succulents

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

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

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

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

Bloom Color:
Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring

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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:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
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

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1 positive
3 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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

Native to the great plains. The most hardy escobaria, surviving at zone 3a. More water-resistant than most small barrel cacti.

Neutral bt18 On Mar 21, 2009, bt18 from Union City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

I have seen some clusters growing on a hill in the Wichita Mountains west of Medicine Creek, OK. Pretty cactus but I haven't seen its flowers in person.

Positive Idiopath On Apr 30, 2006, Idiopath from Austin, TX wrote:

I've had my Pincushion Cactus for 4 days. The flower buds suddenly popped up yesterday, and today it's blooming. It's a very small plant and I wasn't sure it would bloom at all this year, but it pleasantly surprised me. It's already been traumatized by being transplanted and then immediately after that, alternately pelted with torrential rain and scorched by the Texas sun, but hey, I guess some plants like that.

Neutral Xenomorf On Jan 3, 2006, Xenomorf from Valley of the Sun, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

Here are more synonyms of this plant. Some of which in the future 'might' become a variety, subspecies, or cultivar: Mammillaria notesteinii, Neobesseya roseiflora, Cactus notesteinii & Neobesseya notesteinii


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

Phoenix, Arizona
Bostonia, California
Parsons, Kansas
Falmouth, Maine
Medicine Park, Oklahoma
Austin, Texas (2 reports)
Dallas, Texas
Payson, Utah

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