Balloon Cactus, Ball Cactus
Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit
Parodia magnifica (F.Ritter) F.H.Brandt is the correct and accepted name for this species of cactus. It was named and described as such by Fred Hermann Brandt in Kakteen Orchideen Rundschau in 1982. It was first named Eriocactus magnificus F.Ritter by Friedrich Ritter in Succulenta (Netherlands) in 1966.
The label says Notocactus magnificus which is now a synonym of Parodia magnifica. Notocactus magnificus (F.Ritter) Krainz ex. N.P.Taylor was named and described as such by Hans Krainz and ex-author Nigel Paul Taylor in Cactus and Succulent Journal of Great Britain in 1980. Eriocephala magnifica (F.Ritter) Guiggi is also a synonym of Parodia magnifica.
The genus, Parodia Speg., was named and described by Carlo Luigi (Carlos Luis) Spegazzini in Anales de la Sociedad Cientifica Argentina in 1923. According to Plants of the World Online by Kew, the Parodia genus includes 63 accepted species (as of when I am making this page on 3-30-19). Many species of cactus have been moved around in the past few years so the numbers change often.
I bought this Parodia magnifica from Lowe’s on March 29, 2019. The label stated it was a Notocactus magnificus but when I did research I found that name is now a synonym of Parodia magnifica.
It was grown by Altman Plants and the label states:
Notocactus magnificus is a beautifully geometric globular cactus from South America. Blue-green globe with wool and golden spines along the vertical ribs. Forms large clustering mounds in time. Lemon yellow flowers in summer. Protect from frost. Provide bright light; hardy to 20F; to 12” tall. Water thoroughly when the soil is dry.
The cactus is in an 11 oz. (3 1/2” wide x 3 1/4” tall) pot. The cactus measures approximately 2 3/8” wide x 1 3/8” tall without the spines. The golden spines on the side of the cactus are approximately 1/2” long and the spines on top are approximately 3/4” long.
Origin: Southern Brazil
Zones: USDA Zones (° F)
Size: Hmmm… The label says 12”, Dave’s Garden says 24-36”
Light: Full sun to part shade.
Soil: Fast-draining. Potting soil amended with pumice or chicken grit and perlite.
Water: Regular watering during the summer. Barely, if any, during the winter.
I don’t know much about this plant yet but I will continue to add more photos and information as time goes by. The link below to Llifle provides a lot of useful information.
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