|In Chile they range from near sea level to high altitudes. Most are small globes, 4 to 8 inches across. A few species, such as Neoporteria subgibbosa, are cylinders reaching up to 5 feet tall. Long dense spines -- white, golden yellow, brown, or nearly black -- nearly hide the gray or brown ribs. Different species bloom in all four seasons, and many early spring bloomers may flower again in fall or early winter. The tubular flowers, red or carmine pink with touches of yellow, form near the crown. They do not do well indoors, and even in a desert garden their demands challenge experts. Plant in a light sunny spot, protect from hot sun, and water sufficiently -- this takes experimentation. They need a sandy mineral soil with plenty of nutrient salts, such as added brick chips. During winter rest, they are highly sensitive to wetness. Keep dry, with temperatures above 50º F, but check periodically. If roots start withering or scars form on the skin, give a light misting or modest drink. Grow from seed.
Flexible brown or yellow spines form a mesh around the single globes or short barrels. Soft orange tints the rose pink flowers' centers.
Attributes - Neoporteria nidus
Plant Type: Succulent
Bloom Season: Mid Spring through Mid Summer
Flower Color: Pink
Height: 8 in. to 1 ft.
Width: 4 in.
Sunlight: Full Sun
Climate: Zones 9, 10, 11
Notes: Thrives in Dry Climates, Hot Climates. Container Plants, Drought Tolerant, Low Maintenance, Showy Flowers.