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Viviparous Foxtail Cactus Back to Plant Page
Coryphantha vivipara

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About Viviparous Foxtail Cactus (Coryphantha vivipara) Escobaria vivipara is a species of cactus known by several common names, including spinystar, and viviparous foxtail cactus. It is native to North America, where certain varieties can be found from Mexico to Canada. Most are limited to the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts. This is a small cactus growing to a maximum height of about 15 centimeters, often remaining smaller and oblong or spherical. It is densely covered in a mat of star-shaped arrays of straight white spines one to two and a half centimeters long. It flowers in yellow, pink, or purple blooms two to five centimeters across. Varieties include:
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb, Succulent

Max. Height
6 in (15.2 cm)

Flower Color
Pink, Yellow, White, Purple

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Sandy rocky soils


Elevation ?
136' - 7763'

Annual Precip. ?
3.4" - 13.0"

Summer Precip. ?
0.66" - 3.11"

Coldest Month ?
39.3° F - 59.8° F

Hottest Month ?
61.8° F - 88.4° F

Humidity ?
4.94 vpd - 40.79 vpd


Landscaping Information
Common uses
Deer Resistant

Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Botanical Names
Escobaria vivipara

Common Names

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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