Parodia scopa

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Parodia scopa plant

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

All plants are shipped Bare-root


Parodia scopa

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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.

Yes - tolerates low light levels. This variety will do well as a houseplant in locations with short periods of direct sun and some indirect or filtered light.

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.

Yes - flowers easily as a house plant. This variety is likely to flower as a house plant, but results will depend on a variety of growing conditions.

good locations

Potential living space locations include; East, West or South windows and three to four season rooms with partial shade is good, but it will grow better with more light. This species does best in warm conditions, and will need the temperatures to remain above 45 °F. This plant can survive temperatures close to 30 °F, but exposure to these conditions will depreciate the plants appearance. If this variety is to be set outdoors during the growing season it needs to be in sunny location and will tolerate lots of rain. This species can suffer skin damage if it is exposed to too much sun on very hot days, so filtered light in the mid day heat is better for keeping the plants appearance symmetrical.

Parodia scopa will thrive on summer rain, but needs to be kept on the dry side in cool conditions to avoid fungal infections. This is a great example of a Parodia that can survive extreme conditions, but will suffer cosmetically. Skin damage from extreme heat or cold conditions may be what sets plants like this up to become sick from fungal infections, because the damage often results in necrotic tissue. This is a cactus that can be set outdoors only in the warmest part of the growing season, otherwise it's better to keep it in a sunny window.

Flower color is bright yellow, set against the deep red and silver tones of the spines. This plant is sometimes given the common name of 'Silver Ball Cactus', and by the appearance of spines it is a silvery plant.


The plant grows as a more columnar cactus than globular, although it remains globular as a young plant for many years. When it is older it may be up to 5 inches wide and over a foot high, and have multiple side branches along the stem and/or pups at the base of the stem.


Sao Gabriel, Rio Grand do Sul, Brazil

plant propagation origin

Plants and seeds are grown and propagated by

items included in purchase

Purchase price includes a bare-root Parodia scopa plant.

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