Escobaria vivipara – Spinystar

Escobaria vivipara - Spinystar, Beehive Cactus

Escobaria vivipara - Spinystar, Beehive Cactus

Plant Name

Scientific Name: Escobaria vivipara

Synonym: Coryphantha vivipara

Common Names: Spinystar, Beehive Cactus

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial

Growth Habit: Shrub, Cactus

Arizona Native Status: Native

Habitat: Upland, Mountain

Flower Color: Pink to magenta, Yellow, Green

Flowering Season: Spring (late), Summer

Height: To 8 inches (20 cm) tall

Description: The showy flowers are up to 2 1/2 inches (6.4 cm) across and have yellow anthers, a white to magenta stigma with 5 to 13 lobes, and numerous point-tipped tepals. At each areole, the stems have both white radial spines and projecting, straight, brown-tipped central spines.

Special Characteristics

Legal StatusProtected Native Plant (Salvage Restricted)


Kingdom: Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom: Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision: Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division: Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class: Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Subclass: Caryophyllidae
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Cactaceae – Cactus family
Genus: Escobaria Britton & Rose – foxtail cactus
Species: Escobaria vivipara (Nutt.) Buxbaum – spinystar

More About This Plant

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