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Turk's Cap

Turk's Cap

Regular price $60.00 USD
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Plant Type: Cacti
Plant Height: 1-3 feet
Spread: 1-3 feet
Flower Color: red. orange or yellow
Sun Exposure: Full Sun, Partial Shade


The Turk's Cap, scientifically known as Melocactus, is a genus of cacti known for its distinctive cap or cephalium, from which it gets its common name. These cacti are native to various regions in the Caribbean, South America, and Central America.

Turk's Cap cacti are relatively small and globular, typically growing to about 1 to 3 feet in both height and spread. They are characterized by their ribbed, green bodies covered in spines. What sets them apart is the cephalium, a woolly, bristle-covered structure that grows on the top of the cactus when it reaches maturity. This cap is often brightly colored in shades of red, orange, or yellow.

The flowers of Melocactus emerge from the cephalium. They are small and can be red, orange, or yellow, often blending in with the color of the cephalium. The flowers are followed by small, berry-like fruits.

Turk's Cap cacti prefer full sun to partial shade and thrive in well-draining soil. They are drought-tolerant and should be watered sparingly, as overwatering can lead to root rot. These cacti are not frost-tolerant and should be protected from cold temperatures.

In cultivation, Turk's Cap cacti are often grown in containers due to their small size and unique appearance. They are a popular choice for cactus collectors and enthusiasts, adding an exotic touch to indoor plant collections or outdoor cactus gardens in warmer climates.

Overall, the Turk's Cap cactus is a fascinating and low-maintenance plant, ideal for adding a unique and exotic element to a garden or indoor space. Its distinctive cephalium and colorful flowers make it a standout addition to any collection of cacti and succulents.

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