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Copiapoa hypogaea
Scientific Name: Copiapoa hypogaea F. Ritter
Synonym: Copiapoa hypogaea var. barquitensis, Copiapoa barquitensis
Family: Cactaceae
Copiapoa  hypogaea Recommended Temperature Zone:
USDA: 10b-12

Frost Tolerance: Avoid any frost

Minimum Avg. Temperature: 50°F (10°C)

Heat Tolerance: Should be protected from excessive heat and sun in summer in Phoenix

Sun Exposure: Part sun

Origin: Coastal Chile (Antofagasta: Chañaral)

Growth Habits: Solitary or clumping slowly by offsets at the base, up to 2.8 inches in diameter (7 cm), generally sunken in the ground; 10-14 ribs divided in tubercles; spines absent, or very few short spines

Watering Needs: Keep fairly dry in winter, water moderately in summer


The name 'hypogaea' comes from the Greek for 'underground', referring to the fact that most of the cactus head is usually sunken into the ground.

Copiapoa  hypogaea

Copiapoa  hypogaea

Blooming Habits:
Diurnal yellow broad flowers, 0.8 inch long (2 cm)

Fruiting Habits:
Yellow flower.

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