Escobaria Britton & Rose (1923)

(Cochiseia, Escobesseya, Escocoryphantha, Fobea, Neobesseya)
named after the brothers Rómulo and Numa Escobar from Mexico City and Juárez, to honor their work,
tubercle cactus, globular to cylindrical, small, with a furrow on the tubercles, clumping
radial spines mostly bristly, white, yellow or with a dark tip
central spine absent or only somewhat stronger and darker
flowers small at the apex, white, yellow, pink or purple
fruits red; seeds black

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northern to central Mexico
warm arid areas

Growth period

full sun exposure and a warm location, the hottest and sunniest spot is the best, only then will they blooming
somewhat sensitive to too moisture, but constant slightly moisture, a watering rest in high summer is recommendable
keep the root neck dry
generate humidity by spraying in the evening hours

Winter period

dry and bright at a minimum of 39–50°F (4–10°C)


very permeable to water, minerally, gritty and gravelly
Escobaria sneedii Britton & Rose (1923)
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Texas, New Mexico
, Arizona


named after Mr. J. R. Sneed, the first discoverer of this species
small cylindrical, to 2.6 in (6 cm) long, 0.4–0.8 in (1–2 cm) Ø, massive clumping, clusters with to 50 heads
tubercles to 3 mm long, circular
to 20 spines, to 6 mm long, adjacent, dense interwoven to hide the apex, with brown tips
flowers small, yellowish to pink
fruits 7 mm long
seeds brown

Flowering time

June–July in cultivation
4–5 years from seed
Comment Escobaria sneedii is with rain protection to about -4 F (- 20°C) cold hardy.
Synonyms Coryphantha sneedii (Britton & Rose) A. Berger (1929)
Mammillaria sneedii
(Britton & Rose) T. A. Cory (1936)
CITES Appendix II since 01. July 1975; Appendix I since 29. July 1983
Description of "Kakteen von A bis Z" by Walter Haage with courtesy by Kakteen-Haage made available.