Habit of Coryphantha vivipara, Grand Canyon National Park.
Common Name Spinystar Cactus, Beehive Cactus, Purple Pincushion Cactus
Latin Name Coryphantha (Escobaria) vivipara
Native Habitat Arid regions of western U. S.
Soil Dry decomposed granite, sand, limestone, low organic content, well drained
Water Once per month in summer until established
Height X Width 1 foot X 1 foot, maximum 1 foot X 4 feet
Protective Mechanism Spines
Leaves Thick, succulent stems, evergreen
Garden Suitability Hummingbird, Songbird, Sonoran, Butterfly
Ornamental Value Showy pink to purple flowers in spring or early summer
Nature Value Flowers used by hummingbirds and butterflies, fruits eaten by songbirds, game birds, and other mammals
Native American Uses Fruits eaten
Links  
    Images, and data http://www.plantsofthesouthwest.com/cgi-bin/plantview.cgi?_recordnum=1253
    Nursery, images and data http://www.highcountrygardens.com/catalog/product/38890/
    Images and data http://www.desert-tropicals.com/Plants/Cactaceae/Escobaria_vivipara.html
    Images and data http://www.fireflyforest.com/flowers/pinks/pink47.html
    Distribution map http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=ESVIV
   Images and data http://davesgarden.com/pf/go/102430/index.html
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