Espostoopsis Dybowskii (You Might Confuse Them With Cotton Stick!)

Espostoopsis Dybowskii plants are slow growing, unique plants which produce flowers at night. They are  native to Brazil. 

These are not the types of plants which you may come across commonly and it is very difficult to find them. 

So, keep reading this article to learn on how to look after these plants well and on their propagation methods as well. 

Espostoopsis Dybowskii

How do I identify Espostoopsis dybowskii?

Espostoopsis Dybowskii plants are columnar cactus and they come up with spines in yellow. Most importantly they consist of a wooly covering

You could spot them branching at the base and they would be about 13 inches in height. They produce flowers during spring and fall and they would tend to take the shape of a bell shape.

The flowers would be white in color. You could spot them flowering at nighttime.

Espostoopsis Dybowskii plant stems would be cylindrical, and they would be about 8 cm in diameter.

Moreover, Espostoopsis Dybowskii plants comprise 2-3 central spines. they would be either yellow or brown in color. 

Apart from these features, they would produce fruits in pale pink.

Size of the plant

Espostoopsis Dybowskii plants would rise to 13 inches in height and 8 inches in diameter

Growth rate

Espostoopsis Dybowskii s slow growing plant and they grow in a vertical manner.

One look care guide

Botanical NameEspostoopsis Dybowskii
Common NameCabega
Plant TypeCactus
Mature Size13 inches in height.
Sun ExposureFull Sunlight to partial sunlight
Soil TypeWell draining sandy
Soil pHNeutral
Bloom TimeSpring
Flower ColorWhite
Hardiness ZonesUSDA hardiness zones 10.
Native AreaBrazil
ToxicityNon toxic
Average price USD 6

How do you take care of Espostoopsis dybowskii?

Light Requirement 

Espostoopsis Dybowskii plants could thrive well given that they get bright sunlight. 

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When you expose them to bright sunlight, it will make the Espostoopsis Dybowskii plant’s color more intense.

Furthermore, it is crucial that you expose them to adequate sunlight levels so that they could produce flowers as well. 

In addition to that, sunlight levels are important for firm spine production as well.

When you grow them as houseplants and if you think the plants are lacking enough sunlight, you could consider growing them closer to grow lights so that it would help the plants to get excess light as well as heat.

Temperature and humidity

These plants do not tolerate frost conditions.

Hence if there is any forecast of less temperature than 40 degrees Fahrenheit and if you have grown them outdoors, you need to bring them indoors and keep them indoors so that they will be protected from those unhealthy conditions.

Espostoopsis Dybowskii

Is it cold hardy?

Espostoopsis Dybowskii plants are not cold hardy plants. If you expect the temperature to drop more than 40 degrees Fahrenheit, you should bring them indoors.

USDA Hardiness Zone

Espostoopsis Dybowskii plants prefer to grow in USDA hardiness zones 10.

Watering Requirement 

It is important that you water these plants well so that it would result in a healthy growth of the plants

When you water them, ensure that you provide them water in sufficient levels as if you end up over watering them, it would contribute to root rot. 

On the other hand, do not leave them starved for water for prolonged periods as it could also badly impact on the plants.

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One important thing to keep in mind is to let their soil become dry between two watering sessions.

Soil Requirement Type / pH

You need to select a porous soil mix to grow these plants. Ideally you may go ahead with a cactus or a succulent soil mix for this as they are well draining. 

They should include at least 70 % – 80 % mineral grit. The grit you may use for this purpose could be coarse sand, pumice, or perlite for this.

Pot size Potting and Repotting

When selecting the right pot medium, it should be ideally a porous material such as clay or terracotta. 

When you grow them in such materials, the water evaporation would be beneficial. Moreover, you should make sure that your pot has at least one draining hole in the bottom which will allow the excess water to move through.

In terms of repotting these plants, you could do it only if it is essential only.

You may go ahead with the general steps when repotting them. Best season to conduct repotting would be spring or summer.

Where to Plant 

If you grow the Espostoopsis Dybowskii plants as house plants, you need to grow them in a container in which you have filled with a well-draining soil mix. 

Furthermore, ensure that your plants are receiving proper sunlight levels as well. You could grow them closer to a bright sunny window when you grow them indoors.

Espostoopsis Dybowskii

Fertilizer and time of year

Espostoopsis Dybowskii are not heavily dependent on fertilizers. However if you wish you may go ahead and feed them once during their active growing phase.

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Espostoopsis Dybowskii plants could go dormant in winter.


There are no records to ascertain on the toxicity of these plants.

Common bugs and illnesses

Espostoopsis Dybowskii plants which are unhealthy are somewhat prone for pest attacks and for diseases. 

However, if they are growing healthily, they could resist any pest’s attack. However, they may come across pests’ attacks from red spiders, mealybugs, and scales.

Apart from the aforesaid pests, you could encounter root rot of these plants too.

If you have grown them in a less aerated atmosphere and supply them excess water, it could contribute to root rot. It could be so dangerous since it could even kill your plants.

Special Care tips

You only need to make sure that you water them properly and grow them in a well-draining soil mix. Apart from that, ensure that you expose them to bright sunlight as well. 

As long as you fulfill these requirements, they could grow to the fullest and flourish

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How to propagate Espostoopsis dybowskii

You could use their seeds to propagate the Espostoopsis Dybowskii plants. Simply you have to sow them in a sandy porous soil mix layer. 

However, when you do this ensure that you cover the tray with a glass so that the seeds will not wither.

When the germination takes place, ensure that you expose them to a temperature level of 64 – 72 degrees Fahrenheit (18 to 22 degrees Celsius).

Espostoopsis dybowskii plant benefits

  • Add beauty to your indoor or outdoor garden
  • Important part of your environment.
  • Working on succulent garden help your to reduce stress
  • Produce oxygen.


Before wrapping this article, I hope this article was useful for you and now you are much more aware on how to handle these beautiful plants.

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