Tephrocactus articulatus var. papyracanthus / Paper Spine Cactus

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-About Tephrocactus articulatus var. papyracanthus-

Tephrocactus articulatus var. papyracanthus, the slow-grow succulent also known as Paper Spine Cactus. The cactus has a segmented pinecone-shaped stem that stacks up to 12 inches tall. Many soft paper spines are covered with the type of succulent plant. The bell-shaped white flowers are beautiful but rare.

-How to care for Tephrocactus articulatus var. papyracanthus-

Sun/Location: Paper Spine Cactus needs lots of sunlight, it is ideal to grow outdoors in hot and dry areas. As a soft succulent, Tephrocactus articulatus var. papyracanthus can't tolerate frost, keep in mind to take it indoors in cold winter.

Soil/Pot: The Tephrocactus succulent can live in the well-drained cactus soil mix. A planter pot that contains at least one drainage hole is suitable for cacti. Making succulent soil for your cactus plants by adding perlites, grit and sand.

Watering: The low-maintain succulent care tip is just to remember less water. The best way of watering succulents is the 'soak and dry' method. Over-watering can be avoided by watering when the soil is completely dry.

-More Information-

Primary color: green; white
Secondary color: grey; sliver
Bloom color: white; yellow
Cold hardiness: zone 8b-10b(from 15F to 40F)
Product format: 2" pot
Suitability: balcony, Window, Garden
Propagation: stem cutting, leaf, seed
Special characteristic: easy to propagate

*Please Note: This plant has many knobby stem segments that are prone to fall out during transportation. The falling nodes are resilient to regenerate if planted into the soil. 


We pack all shipments by hand. 

We have many years of experience shipping live succulents and cactus plants. We pay close attention to packing and have developed an expert shipping method. All succulents are packed and protected with polypropylene cotton (this is a stuffing used for dolls). We find this is the most effective material for protecting live plants while in transit. It is important to us that you are able to Keep going and Keep growing without any stress about the quality of the product or packaging.

Shipping Speed

In general, it takes 3 to 10 days for plants to arrive after you place your order. All orders will be shipped out 48 hours after you place them. We ship the orders on work days(from Monday to Saturday) and all year round. In normal conditions, it will take 3-10 days for you to receive the package. Estimated shipping times are offered as needed.

HOLIDAYS: During weeks in which a holiday occurs - Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's, etc. - shipping may be delayed until the following week.

EXTREME WEATHER NOTICE: The Next Gardener reserves the right to hold shipments during storms or periods of extreme heat or cold. This is to ensure your plant does not suffer while it is in transit.

Winter shipping

We insist on shipping succulents to our customers all year round. However due to the extreme winter weather, although we pack succulents with as much protective material as possible, plants are still at increased risk of frost on their way to colder areas. We highly recommend adding one 72-hour heat pack to your order or you can request a hold on the package until it warms up.

Please note that The Next Gardener is not responsible for packages that suffer cold damage without a heat pack. We cannot control the weather. Order at your own risk.

Hawaii, Alaska, and Other US Territories

Fortunately, shipping is available to Alaska, Guam, and other U.S. Territories. However, due to numerous factors beyond our control, including customs checks and shipping delays, free shipping to Hawaii and Puerto Rico is not an option. And we can not provide the 14-day quality guarantee for orders going to Hawaii and Puerto Rico. The buyer will assume all risk of damage when a delivery is delayed. We appreciate your understanding.

Sorry. No International Shipping for now!!!


Customer Reviews

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nancy nerney

Received this plant just a pictured. What a wonderful specimen.