Astrophytum caput-medusae f. variegata
Astrophytum caput-medusae, commonly known as the "Medusa's Head Cactus," is a distinctive and captivating succulent plant native to Mexico. This unique cactus is named for its remarkable appearance, which resembles a cluster of serpent heads emerging from the soil.
The stems of Astrophytum caput-medusae are fleshy, irregularly shaped, and feature small, spineless tubercles. These tubercles give the plant an otherworldly, almost reptilian appearance, evoking the image of Medusa's mythological snakes. The stems typically have a pale to bluish-green coloration, adding to their intrigue.
This specific plant is variegated, meaning it has the presence of atypical color patterns on their stems or spines, characterized by patches or streaks of different colors, often white or pale yellow, against the usual green or blue-green background. This genetic mutation can create visually striking and unique appearances, making variegated cacti highly prized among succulent collectors.
Variegated plants burn easily and should be kept in light shade. Overwatering can cause the plant to split or rot!
This is a grafted plant.
Note: The tubercles can be sensitive to shipping, but bounce back once reestablished.
Photographed in a 3.5” pot