This is one of the choicest and priced crested cacti with white
Notocactus scopa forma mostruosa criasta is one of the most distinctive
and unmistakable crested plant. It’s very different from the
common long and dense
spiny form of Notocactus scopa.
Spineless with a short white
wool, they are arranged geometrically and contrast with the stem.
Usually absent, a few small
bristly spines are occasionally produced in the flowering
plants are easy to grow and will form a large brain-like mounds
with age. Watering during the active growing season (spring and
summer); this will encourage steady growth, and prevent the plant from
The plant on their own roots are is of relatively easy culture. Need some direct sun to
compact but is tolerant and prefers light shade during the hot
Summer months. It need a well drained soil mix. Water
generously during the
summer but allow to dry fully before watering again.
During the winter months they should be rather kept dry. Repotting
should be done every other year or when the plant has outgrown its
This plant can be propagated only vegetatively by
Photo of conspecific taxa, varieties, forms and
cultivars of plants belonging to the
cv. inermis forma
Garden origin (Nursery
CITES Appendix II
- Parodia scopa forma inermis cristata
- Notocactus scopa forma mostruosa
scopa cv. Monstrous
scopa 'Monstrosus' f. cristata
weaponless, defenceless; toothless; stingless, spineless”
(The specific name implies: “not
form name "cristata"
(The specific name implies:
“having the form of a crest, tufted”)
line meristematic zone.
This is a very nice and instantly recognizable
crest. The candid white
areoles contrast whit the dark green stem. This is the
crested form of the
monstrous form (cv
"Inermis") of the common