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Astrophytum ornatum mirbelli

Astrophytum ornatum, native to Mexico, is generally more heavily spined than other Astrophytums. The body can be dark green with very few silvery felty "scales", or can be densely covered so as to appear nearly white. Approximately 8 ribs; globular when young but somewhat columnar with age. Spines are golden, approximately 1" in length and arranged marginally along the angles of the ribs. Requires bright light. Soil must have extra drainage; such as can be attained by addition of extra pumice or perlite. Water thoroughly when soil is dry to touch, but do not allow soil to remain waterlogged. Protect from frost. Astrophytum ornatum have spines. They will thrive in partial shade to full sun. Water sparingly and in winter keep dry at a temperature between 46-50 degrees.
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