Astrophytum

 

Astrophytum, also called "Star Cacti", is a very popular genus of cacti. It contains only 5 or 6 species of Mexican cacti, that are each beautiful and relatively easy to grow. The plants are globular when young with a small number of ribs that are prominent and covered this white scales and flecks. Their flowers are yellow, followed by a hairy fruit.

They are grown from seeds, but are often grafted to allow them to grow faster. Although easy to grow, they are sensitive to root rot and should be watered with caution. Most species will take some frost.

Species and varieties
Astrophytum asterias (Sea Urchin Cactus, Sand Dollar Cactus)
Astrophytum capricorne (Goat's Horns Cactus)
Astrophytum myriostigma (Bishop's Miter, Bishop's Cap)
Astrophytum ornatum (Monk's Hood)
Astrophytum capricorne var. senilis synonym of Astrophytum capricorne (Goat's Horns Cactus)
Astrophytum coahuilense synonym of Astrophytum myriostigma (Bishop's Miter, Bishop's Cap)
Astrophytum columnare synonym of Astrophytum myriostigma (Bishop's Miter, Bishop's Cap)
Astrophytum glabrescens synonym of Astrophytum ornatum (Monk's Hood)
Astrophytum myriostigma var. columnaris synonym of Astrophytum myriostigma (Bishop's Miter, Bishop's Cap)
Astrophytum myriostigma var. multicostatus synonym of Astrophytum myriostigma (Bishop's Miter, Bishop's Cap)
Astrophytum myriostigma var. potosinum synonym of Astrophytum myriostigma (Bishop's Miter, Bishop's Cap)
Astrophytum myriostigma var. viescaensis synonym of Astrophytum myriostigma (Bishop's Miter, Bishop's Cap)
Astrophytum nuda synonym of Astrophytum myriostigma (Bishop's Miter, Bishop's Cap)
Astrophytum ornatum var. spirale synonym of Astrophytum ornatum (Monk's Hood)
Astrophytum ornatum var. virens synonym of Astrophytum ornatum (Monk's Hood)
Astrophytum prismaticum synonym of Astrophytum myriostigma (Bishop's Miter, Bishop's Cap)
Astrophytum senile synonym of Astrophytum capricorne (Goat's Horns Cactus)
Astrophytum tulense synonym of Astrophytum myriostigma (Bishop's Miter, Bishop's Cap)
Astrophytum virens synonym of Astrophytum ornatum (Monk's Hood)

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