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Carpet Foxtail Cactus
Scientific Name: Escobaria sneedii ssp. sneedii Britton & Rose
Synonym: Mammillaria sneedii, Coryphantha sneedii, Coryphantha pygmaeae
Family: Cactaceae
Listed in CITES Appendix 1
Carpet Foxtail Cactus (Escobaria  sneedii ssp. sneedii)
Escobaria sneedii ssp. sneedii, picture by Gordon Smith
Recommended Temperature Zone:
USDA: 8-11

Frost Tolerance: Hardy to 10F (-12C)

Minimum Avg. Temperature: 50F (10C)

Sun Exposure: Full sun to light shade

Origin: USA (New Mexico, western Texas), at 4000 to 7500 feet elevation (1200-2250 m)

Growth Habits: Dense clusters, reaching more than 100 stems, each 2 to 5 inches long (5-12.5 cm), 0.4 to 1.6 inch in diameter (1-4 cm); cylindrical tubercles 0.1-0.2 inch long (2-5 mm); 13 to 17 central spines, 2 mm long; 24 to 45 very small radials

Watering Needs: Needs good drainage, very rot-prone


Blooming Habits:
Rose magenta flowers in mid to late April, 0.5 inch long (1.2 cm), 0.5 inch wide (1.2 cm). The globose fruits ripens in early fall. They are deep pink when ripe.

Fruiting Habits:

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