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PlantFiles: Parodia
Parodia sellowii

Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Parodia (par-ROH-dee-uh) (Info)
Species: sellowii (sel-LOH-wee-eye) (Info)

Synonym:Notocactus sellowii
Synonym:Echinocactus sellowi
Synonym:Wigginsia sellowii
Synonym:Malacocarpus sellowii

Cactus and Succulents

under 6 in. (15 cm)
6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)
6-9 in. (15-22 cm)
9-12 in. (22-30 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)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

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

Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer

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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:
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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No positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Kbh69 On Aug 21, 2013, Kbh69 from Andrews, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

This is grows prolifically in West Texas. It has several names to ranchers because of the damage it can cause to livestock. It is most commonly known as a "Horse Crippler" cactus. It does better in the ground than in pots. Fruit is a beautiful color of pink and is edible.

Neutral Xenomorf On Oct 13, 2005, Xenomorf from Valley of the Sun, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

Here are more synonyms of Parodia sellowii. Some of which 'might' become varieties/subspecies/formas/cultivars in the future.
Echinocactus pauciareolatus, Malacocarpus pauciareolatus, Notocactus pauciareolatus, Wigginsia pauciareolata, Wigginsia macrocantha, Wigginsia courantii, Echinocactus courantii, Notocactus courantii, Echinocactus macrogonus, Notocactus macrogonus, Malacocarpus macrogonus, Wigginsia macrogona, Echinocactus sessiliflorus, Notocactus sessiliflorus, Malacocarpus sessiliflorus, Notocactus sessiliflorus, Wigginsia sessiliflora, Notocactus sessiliflorus var. stegmannii, Wigginsia sessiliflora var. pauciareolata, Wigginsia vorwerkiana, Malacocarpus vorwerkianus, Echinocactus vorwerkianus, Notocactus vorwerkianus, Wigginsia stegmannii, Notocactus stegmannii, Malacocarpus stegmannii, Echinocactus acuatus var. corynodes, Notocactus acuatus var. corynodes, Echinocactus acuatus var. sellowii, Notocactus acuatus var. leucocarpus, Malacocarpus leucocarpus, Echinocactus leucocarpus, Notocactus leucocarpus, Wigginsia leucocarpa, Echinocactus corynodes, Notocactus corynodes, Malacocarpus corynodes, Wigginsia corynodes, Wigginsia rubricostata, Notocactus rubricostatus, Wigginsia fricii, Notocactus fricii, Malacocarpus fricii, Echinocactus fricii, Parodia paucicostata, Notocactus erinaceus, Echinocactus sellowii var. courantii, Echinocactus sellowii var. typicus, Echinocactus sellowii var. macrogonus, Echinocactus sellowii var. macracanthus, Malacocarpus sellowi var. macrocanthus & Malacocarpus sellowii var. courantii.


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

Phoenix, Arizona
Andrews, Texas

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