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Ball Cactus

Parodia magnifica

Also known as

Balloon Cactus

Parodia magnifica (1) by Claire H. (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Full Sun
Light watering


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size





  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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A close up of a Parodia magnifica cactus plant
A green Parodia magnifica plant with yellow flowers
A close up of a flowering Parodia magnifica cactus
A Parodia magnifica cactus in a garden

Ball Cactus Overview

Parodia magnifica is a perennial cactus from the Cactaceae family. It forms clusters of rounded, ribbed and spiny stems up to 15cm in height. Flowers are funnel-shaped, measuring around 5cm in diameter, opening from often woolly-bristly buds. Native to Brazil, Parodia magnifica is commonly known by the names Ball Cactus and Balloon Cactus. It is sometimes still known by older names such as Notocactus magnificus or Eriocactus magnificus. In cultivation, it is usually grown under glass or inside as a houseplant. This plant has earnt a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit.

Common problems with Ball Cactus

How to propagate Ball Cactus


Propagate from seed in spring or from cuttings in summer.


Special features of Ball Cactus

Attractive flowers

Drought resistant

Pot plant

Other uses of Ball Cactus

Grown for its flowers.