Habit: Body usually
offsetting in cultivation.
Spherical or somewhat
conical, rounded above;
apex rather deeply sunken, but fully hidden by the snow-white, dense
wool and; blue-green, 6-8 (10) cm high and 6-8 cm in diameter.
adult plant): Close packed
radial mostly 12,
awl-shaped, stinging up to 17 mm, snow-white,
translucent, young almost glass-like, black tipped.
Central spines 1, much longer (to 30 mm), somewhat stronger, white,
but at the top and further down dark brown to black; later becoming
grey, and the radial spines radiating horizontally, almost
Plumose, soft flexible not pungent all
Flower: Flower broadly
Tepals linear, blunt,
lanceolate, pointed, white with pink midstrips. Length and diameter
of the flower 2-2.5 cm.
Blossoming time: Spring - summer
Cultivation: It’s a fairly
easy species to cultivate. Need a very well drained soil. Requires
strong sun to part sun to develop good spinal growth and waterings
should be rather infrequent to keep the plant compact and not to become
excessively elongated and unnatural in appearance. keep dry in
winter or when night temperatures remain below 10° C, it is hardy to
-4°C for a short period. Assure a good ventilation.