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Pima Pineapple Cactus
Scientific Name: Coryphantha robustispina ssp. scheeri (Lem.) N.P.Taylor
Synonym: Echinocactus muehlenpfordtii, Coryphantha muehlenpfordtii ssp. uncinata, Coryphantha robustispina ssp. uncinata, Coryphantha scheeri var. uncinata, Coryphantha muehlenpfordtii, Mammillaria engelmannii, Coryphantha scheeri, Mammillaria scheeri, Cactus scheeri, Coryphantha neoscheeri
Family: Cactaceae
Pima Pineapple Cactus (Coryphantha  robustispina ssp. scheeri)
Coryphantha scheeri at Miles 2 Go
Recommended Temperature Zone:
USDA: 9b-11

Minimum Avg. Temperature: 50F (10C)

Heat Tolerance: Light shade in Phoenix in summer

Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial shade

Origin: USA (Texas, New Mexico), Mexico (Chihuahua, Sonora)

Growth Habits: Usually solitary, 2 to 6 inches tall (5-15 cm), 2 to 4 inches in diameter (5-10 cm); strongly tuberculate; young areoles woolly; 1 to 4 straight central spines, 0.5 to 2 inches long (1.2-5 cm); 6-16 spreading radials, 0.4 to 1.4 inches long (1-3.5 cm)

Watering Needs: Very sensitive to overwatering, does better when grafted


The second picture is sold in the trade as "Coryphantha scheeri var. valida" from Las Cruces, New Mexico.

'Coryphantha scheeri var. valida' at Miles 2 Go

Blooming Habits:
Yellow flowers, 1.6 to 2.6 inches long (4-6.5 cm), 2 to 3 inches in diameter (5-7 cm). The green fruits are ovoid to club-shaped, 1.4 to 2.2 inches long (3.5 to 5.5 cm), 0.5 to 0.8 inch in diameter (1.2 to 2 cm).

Fruiting Habits:

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