Being named as the “star plant” by ancient Greeks, Astrophytum is a genus of cactus with 6 species and are native to North America.
With the exception of caput-medusae, Astrophytum plants are somewhat spherical with geometrical ribs and most without spines. This unique, curious look earns Astrophytum many nicknames such as bishop cap or sea urchin, and are irresistible amongst collectors.
Some patience is required for growing Astrophytum as they are slow growing. They thrive on rocky, sandy soil (much for porous than the standard succulent mix), “soak and dry” every 2-4 weeks and ample of sunlight. They shall be grown in pots.