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Copiapoa griseoviolacea "SHADOW"

Copiapoa griseoviolacea "SHADOW"

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Product Description

Copiapoa griseoviolacea is a distinctive cactus native to the coastal deserts of northern Chile, particularly admired for its striking appearance. This species is part of the Copiapoa genus, which is known for its fascinating array of species adapted to some of the driest environments on Earth. Copiapoa griseoviolacea, with its unique coloration and form, is a sought-after species for cactus enthusiasts and collectors.


  • Appearance: This cactus is notable for its globular to short columnar shape, which can branch out from the base to form clusters over time. Mature plants can develop into impressive mounds.
  • Color: The name griseoviolacea, meaning "gray-violet," refers to its distinctive skin color, a mix of gray and violet hues that give it a unique and appealing look.
  • Spines: It has firm, dark spines that can be quite dense, providing a striking contrast against its lighter body color.
  • Flowers: Like many Copiapoa species, griseoviolacea produces yellow flowers that emerge from the crown of the plant during the spring or summer months. The flowers add a bright touch to the plant's dramatic appearance.
  • Size: It remains relatively compact, making it a good choice for collections where space is limited.

Cultivation Tips

Light: Requires bright light but should be protected from the hottest midday sun, which can scorch its skin. A position that offers morning sunlight and afternoon shade is ideal.

Soil: Prefers a well-draining soil mix, typical for cacti. Incorporating sand or pumice can improve drainage, crucial for avoiding root rot.

Watering: During the growing season (spring and summer), water moderately, allowing the soil to completely dry out between waterings. In the winter, reduce watering to a minimum to mimic the natural dry season of its habitat.

Temperature: It thrives in a dry, warm climate but requires protection from frost. Ensure that temperatures do not drop below 5°C (41°F).

Fertilizing: Use a diluted, low-nitrogen fertilizer every 4-6 weeks during the growing season. Avoid fertilizing in winter.

Repotting: Repot every 2-3 years or when the plant outgrows its container. Spring is the best time for repotting, allowing the plant to adjust during its active growth period.

Pests and Diseases: Watch for common cactus pests like mealybugs and spider mites. Good air circulation and careful watering can help prevent most issues.

Copiapoa griseoviolacea is a rewarding species to grow, offering both beauty and a touch of the exotic to any collection. With proper care, it can thrive and bring joy to enthusiasts for many years.


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