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Corifanta - Coryphantha vivipara

Corifanta - Coryphantha vivipara

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this plant is native to North America; to the genus belongs about sixty different species. Originally this plant was listed as belonging to the genus of the Mammilarie, with a number of species that barely reached thirty. The origins of the name Coryphantha derive from the Greek: koriphe - summit, anthis - flower = plant that bears the flower on top.
Morphologically the plant is very similar to the mammilaria, it has stems that vary from globose to cylindrical, which can measure from three to 15 cm, depending on the species. On the stem there are numerous tubercles at the end of which there is the thorny areola.
In the summer period usually large flowers sprout, the color can change according to the variety, usually it is yellow or orange. The flowers are funnel-shaped and have an ovary inside them that varies from species to species.


the plant needs mild temperatures, which is why in our area it is advisable to keep it indoors or in a greenhouse. In winter it is necessary to winter the plants in temperatures that are around 7-8 ° C, this to allow them a period of vegetative rest, to induce the plant to a new flowering.


As almost all the succulents need little water and cannot stand water stagnation, it is advisable not to wet the plant for the entire winter period.
With the vegetative restart, towards April begin to water. The administration of specific fertilizers is appropriate only from May until August, do not fertilize in the cold months. The Coryphantha is usually exposed in bright areas and with a discreet ventilation, in the hottest periods the plant can be taken outside in full sun.


The plants are multiplied by removing the small seedlings that grow at the base of the generating stem, this operation is performed in the warmer months, or from seed, the sowing must be carried out in the spring months.

Pests and diseases

The corifanta is a succulent plant that needs a temperate climate and needs to grow in well-drained soil. Water stagnation and excessive watering must be completely avoided because they could cause serious damage to the plants. Water stagnation is in fact the first cause of mold and root rot and is a frequent problem when plants are grown in apartments where temperatures are not very high and therefore the evapotranspiration of the soil is very limited.
First of all, we use a well-drained soil as a breeding ground and second, we do not overdo watering and water because too much water could cause serious problems in these plants.
For the rest, there are no particularly dangerous diseases or pests to report to these plants, which on the whole do not have large enemies that can undermine their development.

Coryphantha Andreae

Origin Mexico
It has a slightly elongated dark green stem, it can reach a height of 12 cm. The tubercles are quite pronounced, and in the cracks between one and the other it has white fluff, at the end of the tubercle is the spiny areola composed of 10 radial spines and five central spines, the latter being more resistant. The flowers are very large, of an intense yellow color.

Coryphantha bumamma

Origin Mexico
Semi-spherical stem which can reach 14 cm in size when ripe, the tubercles are globose and present on the apex the spinal areola composed of 6-8 radial spines, in this variety there are no central spines. The flowering covers almost the entire plant and is yellow to red.

Coryphantha dasycantha

Texas origin
This species can be both solitary and in small groups, the stem is slightly cylindrical and can reach up to 15 cm.
The shape of the tubercles is a characteristic of this plant, in fact, they have a slightly cylindrical shape that differentiates them from other species, the height of the tubercles rarely reaches the centimeter, the areola of this plants is covered by a fluff that develops between one tubercle and the other. The flowers are four to five centimeters wide and are white and pink, the flowering period is the summer one.

Coryphantha erecta

Origin Mexico
Cylindrical plant, which can reach 30 centimeters in height, it has tubercles with a rounded apex, not very prominent. In the first years of life the areola is covered with fluff, radial and central dark-colored spines emerge from the areola, which can reach 1.5 cm in length. In the summer month the plant flowers, the flower is yellow with reddish stamens inside, the size of the flower barely reaches seven centimeters.

Coryphantha pallida

Origin Mexico
Plant with a globose stem, which can reach 15 cm in size, the color of the tubercles is emerald green, at the end of these is the thorny areola composed of a group of twenty radial thorns, even a centimeter long , inside there are some slightly arched black spines, much more resistant than the radial ones. In summer the plant produces yellow flowers 7-8 cm wide.

Corifanta - Coryphantha vivipara: Coryphantha sulcata

Texas origin
Plant that has stems grouped together, globular in shape, which can reach 10 cm in size.
The tubercles of this variety are about one centimeter long and at the end have an areola formed by 12-15 radial spines and three central spines. In summer, yellow flowers appear with red streaks.


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