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PlantFiles: Escobaria
Escobaria vivipara var. kaibabensis

Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Escobaria (es-koh-BAR-ree-uh) (Info)
Species: vivipara var. kaibabensis

Synonym:Coryphantha vivipara var. kaibabensis

Cactus and Succulents

under 6 in. (15 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)
9-12 in. (22-30 cm)
12-15 in. (30-38 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:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

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

Bloom Color:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
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 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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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive franj On Jul 23, 2007, franj from Tucson, AZ wrote:

This plant was initially sold to me as a species of Coryphantha. It was posted for ID on the C&S forum not once but twice. The second time flowering, at which time it was suggested it was a variety of Escobaria vivapara. I concurr. It was Thistlesifter, whos opinion I respect very much, that suggested var kaibabensis. After comparison with another Escobaria vivipara in my collection I detect both differences in the spination and the flower which suggest he is correct.

The plant has remained healthy, treated the same as my other potted cactus, and has flowered off and on every few weeks throughout the summer. The flowers are large considering the size of the plant itself. Almost an inch across. Like other Escobaria it should clump in time. Given the fact that just one tiny head can produce multiple flowers, even a small patch of this must be a wonder to behold when it decides to flower.


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

Tucson, Arizona

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