Escobaria vivipara

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Escobaria vivipara plant

We are altering our website and plants & seeds will become available later in 2018.

All plants are shipped Bare-root


Escobaria vivipara

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Yes - small container size plant. This variety will occupy a small flower pot comfortably and remain a manageable sized house plant.

This variety will do their best as houseplants with lots of sun and they become stressed with inadequate light which could result in poor health or even death.

Yes - does well with cool winter time temperatures. This variety will tolerate temperatures down below 50 °F. if the roots are kept dry, and will do very well in a home with energy saving thermostat setting.

Yes - easy care root system. This variety stores water in the parts of the plant which are above the soil leaving the root system small enough to fit into a proportionally sized flower pot.

This variety is unlikely to flower as a house plant and they should be chosen with flowering as a low priority.

good locations

Potential living space locations include; East, West or South windows and three to four season rooms are good, but it will grow better outdoors. Please provide dry winter conditions close to or below freezing for this plant, otherwise it will be less likely to bloom. This is a cold climate cactus with habitat in near alpine conditions which will survive winters down to and below -10 °F. This variety is going to grow better and bloom if it is planted in an outdoor rock garden between zones 7 to 4, and less of a windowsill plant than to be grown outdoors.

These cacti grow in a wide range of altitudes in a vast habitat from Southwestern Canada to Northern Mexico, and west of the Mississippi River. Throughout their habitat these cacti have a generally similar grey patch of spines appearance, but are divided into several subspecies. Some variations of this plant grow as singular stemmed plants while others will make offsets forming mounds with hundreds of heads. Their flower colors are very intense and florescent with tones ranging from pink to magenta and violet. Their spines keep them well hidden blending into the appearances of dry grass and rocky ground. In many cases spotting these plants is only likely when they show the intense colors of their inflorescence. With the exception of propagated versions they survive best in very dry conditions and often tend to rot with exposed to soggy soil conditions.

This is a species with a vast native habitat and the cold hardiness of plants varies because of varying intensities of winter habitat conditions. These plants are survivors in a vast range of habitat conditions going from the hottest summers to the coldest winters. They are able to grow in rocky soils where day and night time temperatures widely vary, and are a very impressive example of a cacti which survives extreme conditions.


The stems of these cacti usually grow a few inches across and no more than a few inches high, and as older plants may make offsets.


Western North America, often in semiarid regions with grasslands.

plant propagation origin

Plants and seeds are grown and propagated by

items included in purchase

Purchase price includes a bare-root Escobaria vivipara plant.

Seeds are available on Escobaria vivipara seeds page.

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