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PlantFiles: Turbinicarpus
Turbinicarpus schmiedickeanus subsp. schwarzii

Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Turbinicarpus (tur-bin-ih-KAR-pus) (Info)
Species: schmiedickeanus subsp. schwarzii

Synonym:Neolloydia schmiedickeana var. schwarzii
Synonym:Pediocactus schmiedickeanus var. schwarzii
Synonym:Turbinicarpus schwarzii
Synonym:Turbinicarpus schmiedickeana var. schwarzii
Synonym:Turbinicarpus macrochele subsp. schwarzii

Cactus and Succulents

under 6 in. (15 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)
6-9 in. (15-22 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:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
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 the rootball
From seed; sow indoors before 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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No positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Xenomorf On Dec 7, 2006, Xenomorf from Valley of the Sun, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

More synonyms of this plant are: Toumeya macrochele var. schwarzii, Thelocactus macrochele var. schwarzii, Strombocactus schwarzii, Toumeya schwarzii & Turbinicarpus schmiedickeanus f. schwarzii

Neutral wnstarr On Nov 26, 2004, wnstarr from Puyallup, WA (Zone 5a) wrote:

Turbinicarpus belongs to the group Echinocactus that orginates from Mexico. Plant is usually under 1" in height, and about 1-3" around. Most have weak straight or curved spines in clusters on the areoles. Slow growing. Watering is very light, specially in the winter. Flowers appear in the center of the plant usually in the late Summer.


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

Phoenix, Arizona

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