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PlantFiles: Ball Cactus
Parodia magnifica

Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Parodia (par-ROH-dee-uh) (Info)
Species: magnifica (mag-NIH-fee-kuh) (Info)

Synonym:Notocactus magnificus
Synonym:Eriocactus magnificus

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6-9 in. (15-22 cm)
9-12 in. (22-30 cm)
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 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

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

Bloom Color:
Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer

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Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

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 herbaceous stem cuttings
From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

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6 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive acactus On Sep 15, 2010, acactus from Silverado, CA wrote:

This is a great Brazilian cactus that is hardier than I thought. I live in zone 8 Hesperia, CA 92345 where winter temperatures reach 25 degrees annually. I have two plants one in the ground & the other in a pot. the in ground specimen has been living in its location for & years, it is protected (by a old sheet & a cardboard box) when temperatures drop below 20 degrees F.

Positive Gourd On Aug 25, 2006, Gourd from Mesilla Park, NM wrote:

Have had this in the xeriscape and it has tripled it's size in two years. Needs to be placed with other plants to protect it from the full sun here in zone 8a low desert area. Does great in partial shade. They look fantastic when they get some growth/size to them.

Positive trackinsand On Jun 27, 2005, trackinsand from mid central, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

i LOVE this plant. it always performed well in the Keys, now that im in Central Fla. it's blooming even bigger and better. i had a blanket around it a couple of times this winter. it's really rewarding me now!!! i water and feed in the summer.

Positive Kelli On Jun 27, 2005, Kelli from L.A. (Canoga Park), CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

Blooms more than once a year for me.

Positive hanna1 On Oct 7, 2004, hanna1 from Castro Valley, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

A beautifull native of Brazil. Large blossoms stand near the top and appear during the summer. They like a warm bright location, not in full sun, water during the summer, they need good drainage. During winter's rest period they should be dry and cool.

Positive albleroy On Feb 5, 2003, albleroy from Wavre/ greenhous +/- 2500 species, IA wrote:


You know a species of this genus resembles very well to the magnificus, namely the Eriocactus werrasii. (sory I still take the genus name Eriocactus!!! I do not as much beleave in all those changes who only serve those who are participant of the cloning on species. Which cactophyl can follow all this??? We should buy all books concerning this because nearly every month there is somewhere a revieuw of on or the other genus.



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

Green Valley, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona
Scottsdale, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona
Brentwood, California
Canoga Park, California
Castro Valley, California
Davis, California
El Macero, California
Hayward, California
Hesperia, California
Reseda, California
San Leandro, California
San Marino, California
Spring Valley, California
Clermont, Florida
Fort Walton Beach, Florida
Lakeland, Florida
New Port Richey, Florida
Umatilla, Florida

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