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Copiapoa tenuissima
Scientific Name: Copiapoa tenuissima F. Ritter
Synonym: Copiapoa humilis var. tenuissima
Family: Cactaceae
Copiapoa  tenuissima
Copiapoa tenuissima at the Huntington Gardens in early July (HBG 38015) Ritter ISI 992
Recommended Temperature Zone:
USDA: 10b-12

Frost Tolerance: Avoid any frost

Minimum Avg. Temperature: 50F (10C)

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

Sun Exposure: Light shade to full sun

Origin: Northern Chile (coastal mountains)

Growth Habits: Slowly clumping, heads up to 1.5 inches in diameter (4 cm)

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


This Copiapoa turns almost black in direct sunlight.

Copiapoa tenuissima at Miles 2 Go

Copiapoa  tenuissima

Blooming Habits:
The Copiapoa tenuissima has yellow 1 inch long (2.5 cm) flowers in spring and summer.

Fruiting Habits:

Heads can be used as cuttings. They grow slowly at first until they develop the large tuberous root.

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