Astrophytum myriostigma cv. Onzuka


Astrophytum Myriostigma is a quite variable species and several breeds do exist. The "Onzuka" is probably the most beautiful, sought after and attractive of all.
The cultivar 'ONZUKA' (In Japanese speaking "Onzuka Ranpo-gyoku") has snowy-white, heavily speckled epidermis with fabulous markings much like the ‘kabuto’ asterias. The white marking varies considerably from plant to plant and there exist an enormous number of different designs, and also plants change their appearance in age and they are full of surprises as they grows.
It was created somewhat by chance in Japan around 1974-1977 by Mr. Tsutomu Onzuka (Hence the name).
He intended to cross a three-ribbed Astrophytum myriostigma with Astrophytum myriostigma var. nudum. Subsequently, over several generations of repeated backcrossed of the the offspring he obtained, unexpectedly, some strange A. myriostigma characterized by large white dots. It has been called 'ONZUKA.' The columnar shape of the older Onzuka comes almost certainly from the tulense variety, a character that should be present in one of its parents.

Plants are currently growing in 2.5 inch pots.

Plants are individually boxed and ship bare root, pot/soil not included