This slow growing, segmented succulent has very showy paper ribbons. These plants are quite fragile in that the segments break apart fairly easily. That is what happened to ours on the way home from the nursery. I stuck the bit that broke in a sandy/peat mix after allowing it to callus over for a while. Hopefully now we will have two plants. If undamaged, it can grow up to 12″ tall.
Its flowers are bell-shaped, white with yellow centers up to 1 ½” wide, although it is reluctant to bloom in cultivation.
It has long papery spines that are harmless, but you still need to be careful of the fur-like spikes at the base of the larger spines. These can be highly irritating.
Species Meaning: articulatus - due to the jopinted nature of the plant. papyracanthus - because of the papery nature of the spines.
Tephrocactus articulatus is native to Argentina.
There is some argument about the hardiness of this plant. Some say 8b other 10. For now, we will consider it to be zone 10 until we can experiment without loss.
Easily propagated from stem cuttings. Allow to callus before potting in a free draining mix.
Syn: Opuntia articulata
In Our Garden
Plant ID: P20165
We acquired this plant from NW Cactus & Succulents.