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Coryphantha sulcata (Nipple cactus)
Lytle, Melody

Coryphantha sulcata

Coryphantha sulcata (Engelm.) Britton & Rose

Nipple Cactus, Pineapple Cactus

Cactaceae (Cactus Family)

Synonym(s): Mammillaria sulcata

USDA Symbol: COSU7

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Leaf Retention: Evergreen
Size Notes: Clump 6-8 inches wide.
Size Class: 0-1 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: Feb , Mar


Native Habitat: Throughout Southwestern United States in rocky soil, in deserts, and grasslands, along sandy beaches.

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Drought Tolerance: High
Cold Tolerant: yes
Heat Tolerant: yes
Soil Description: Well-drained soils. Sandy clay and caliche.
Conditions Comments: One of the wonderful cold hardy Texas native clumping cacti. For conservation reasons, seeds of this and other native cactus species should not be collected from wild-growing populations. Keep this cute, small, light golden yellow flowered cactus happy with minimal moisture in the growing season and on the dry side in winter or it will rot. Germinates well from fresh seed. It tends to grow in groups in nature and recovers slowly from damage.


Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Interesting Foliage: yes
Deer Resistant: High


Propagation Material: Seeds
Description: Easiest from seed
Commercially Avail: yes
Maintenance: keep on the dry side. Natural rainfall is usually enough moisture in the garden

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Fredericksburg Nature Center - Fredericksburg, TX
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX
Texas Discovery Gardens - Dallas, TX
NPSOT - Fredericksburg Chapter - Fredericksburg, TX

Additional resources

USDA: Find Coryphantha sulcata in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Coryphantha sulcata in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Coryphantha sulcata


Record Modified: 2007-08-17
Research By: NPC

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