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Astrophytum myriostigma

Astrophytum myriostigma

Astrophytum myriostigma


Astrophytum plant story

Botanical name: Astrophytum myriostigma

Common Name(s): Bishop’s Hat, Star Cactus, Fossil Cactus 

The Astrophytum myriostigma, commonly referred to as the Bishop's Hat or Star Cactus is a fun and unique cactus! It derives its names from its distinct star-shaped structure and dome-like appearance.

What makes this plant stand out is that not one cactus is alike! Each plant displays 3-7 defined ribs and differs in coloration, from pristine white to vibrant green. Unlike the stereotypical image of spiky and prickly cacti, the Bishop's Cap is notably different—it doesn't sting! This distinctive trait makes it an appealing choice for those seeking a low maintenance cactus but prefer a gentler touch.

May your Astrophytum bring starry joy to your space!

Fun Fact: Given its slow growth, larger specimens of the Bishop's Cap cactus are often considered collectible items, adding an additional layer of fascination to these plants. 

Astrophytum myriostigma

Astrophytum Myriostigma Care Guide

Like most cacti, an Astrophytum myriostigma doesn’t require much care and love – in fact, giving it too much care and water could harm your plant. We’ve written a guide for you, so that you can avoid the most common pitfalls when taking care of your Astrophytum.

Light and Placement: Thriving in bright spots with direct sunlight or in well-lit, indirect light, the Astrophytum adds a touch of nature wherever it's placed.

Watering: As a true cactus, the Astrophytum is drought-tolerant, requiring minimal water and preferring to dry out between watering sessions. In summer, a monthly watering is plenty, while during colder months, it's best to cut back on watering and check every 2-3 months.

Temperature: An Astrophytum myriostigma tolerates temperatures from 10-30 degrees.