Camouflage: The fine spines of this species
are an optical artifice
supporting the grass-mimicry to the surroundings.
Description: Small growing variety of the
species when living in open fields
Stem: Small 10 and 12 centimetres tall, diameter up to 6-8
centimetres (or more in cultivation) with usually
less and smaller white dots like in the type, never red-brown dots.
Spines: Thin and twisted covering the body.
Flowers: Magnificent up to a diameter of 10 centimetres which
cover the whole body like an umbrella.
Blooming time: From April to October, they have the ability to
flower as very young plants (At the age of three years)
Fruits: The variety minor has most seed-rich fruit of all
Cultivation: Although regarded as a choice and
difficult plant in cultivation it is relatively easy to grow. Use
mineral well permeable substratum (rot prone). Water
sparingly from March till October and keep
perfectly dry in winter at temperatures from 5 to 15 degrees
centigrade. (but it is Hardy to -7°C
for short periods) In the rest period no high
Sun Exposure: Light shade to full sun.
Propagation: They can be propagated easily from seed.
Astrophytum capricorne and its varieties are very variable in their
habit even in small areas. And it is understandable that today we often
have problems to decide to which population plants belong.
Photo of conspecific
taxa, varieties, forms and
cultivars of Astrophytum capricorne: