Astrophytum ornatum

Astrophytum ornatum


  • Botanical name: Astrophytum ornatum
  • Common name: Cactus
  • Family: Cactaceae
  • Plant Type: Cactus or succulent, House plant, Evergreen
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Astrophytum ornatum is native to the canyons and limestone cliffs of Mexico. Star-shaped, it has dark green flesh and woolly scales. It’s one of the largest and easiest and fast-growing cacti to grow. In maturity it can reach a height of 120cm.


Grow Astrophytum ornatum in well-drained or cactus compost in a container, in full sun. Suitable for greenhouse, conservatory or indoor cultivation, it may be placed outside on a sunny patio in summer, but brought indoors again in autumn. Water during the growing season but allow the compost to drain between waterings. Avoid watering altogether between September and March.

How to grow Astrophytum ornatum

  • Plant size

    1.2m height

    40cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Hardiness: Tender
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do Plant in May

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Do not Plant in August

Do not Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Astrophytum ornatum and wildlife

Astrophytum ornatum has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Astrophytum ornatum poisonous?

Astrophytum ornatum has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

Plants that go well with Astrophytum ornatum

Echinocactus grusonii

Echinocactus grusonii

Golden barrel cactus
Cactus plants to grow - Ferocactus pilosus

Ferocactus pilosus

Mexican fire barrel cactus