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PlantFiles: Thelocactus
Thelocactus hexaedrophorus

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Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Thelocactus (thel-oh-KAK-tus) (Info)
Species: hexaedrophorus

Synonym:Thelocactus hexaedrophorus subsp. hexaedrophorus
Synonym:Echinocactus hexaedrophorus
Synonym:Thelocactus hexaedrophorus var. hexaedrophorus

Category:
Cactus and Succulents

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

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

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

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring

Foliage:
Unknown - Tell us

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
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 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 neutral
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Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral Xenomorf On Mar 27, 2005, Xenomorf from Valley of the Sun, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

The flowers of the 'hexaedrophorus' subspecies are near white/cream colored; It has 0 or 1 red central spines and 4-6 reddish-gray-white radial spines per areole.
The flowers of the 'lloydii' subspecies are pink to light pink; It has 1-3 reddish-white-brown central spines and 6-8 reddish-white brown radial spines per areole.

Positive palmbob On Aug 5, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

globoid sparsely spined (but they are thick and sharp!) blue-green cactus that eventually forms a stem/stalk. Great for small pots.

Regional...

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

Phoenix, Arizona
Corona, California



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