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Introducing the Astrophytum asterias, also known as Sand dollar cactus, a vibrant member of the Astrophytum genus. It has its origin in Texas & Mexico and belongs to the Cactaceae family. 

Astrophytum asterias gets its common name from the distinctive markings on its surface, which resemble the pattern of a sand dollar. While there is no official "sand dollar meaning" associated with this cactus species, many people find its unique appearance to be aesthetically pleasing and enjoy growing it as a decorative plant.


This winter-dormant plant can reach up to a height of 6-12 inches, with a main tuber or tubers of tap root that are thick and turnip-like, and is relatively easy to grow.

This adorable sand dollar cactus goes by several other names, star cactus, and sea urchin cactus, for its unique appearance.

This spinless Mexican cactus boasts a solitary spherical dark green stem with woolly areoles, making it a real showstopper in any landscape.

The Astrophytum asterias flower blooms in the mid-summer season, with pale yellow flowers and orange-red centers, which only lasts for a relatively short period. As if that wasn't enough to captivate your attention, it generously offers an array of fruits that range from vibrant green to delicate pink or even mysteriously grayish-red hues. 

This fascinating little creature loves being the center of attention and forms itself into a flattened round shape divided into eight sections for maximum visual impact. Each section boasts a creamy white row of fuzzy dots running down its middle while smaller white dots dance around effortlessly, forming mesmerizing patterns across its surface like stars scattered across the night sky. 

This attractive star cactus propagates through seeds, which can be obtained from dried flowers. Astrophytum asteriasor Sand Dollar Cactus is an adorable plant that can be a great gift to give your loved ones. 

Watering Needs 

Like most succulents, the sand dollar cactus is adapted to arid environments and does not require frequent watering. In fact, overwatering can be harmful to the sand dollar and can lead to issues with root rot and other fungal diseases.

One of the coolest features of the Sand Dollar is the way it stores water in its stems. That means you don't need to water your sand dollar too often - just make sure the topsoil is completely dry before giving it another drink. The soak-and-dry method is the best way to water this cactus.  

During those hot summer months (growing season), watering once a week is perfect for this little guy. But come wintertime (dormant period), you can cut back to every two weeks or less.

And get this - any type of water (except hard water) will work just fine. So, whether you use tap or filtered, or even rainwater, your Astrophytum asterias will thrive in no time. Just remember to avoid hard water since this cactus doesn't like lime very much. 

Light Requirements 

When growing indoors, the Astrophytum asterias star cactus requires bright, direct sunlight (full sun) to thrive. This means that it should be placed in a location where it will receive at least six hours of direct sunlight each day.

If the sand dollar cactus is not receiving enough light, it may become elongated or "stretched out" as it tries to reach for more light. This Mexican cactus can cause the sand dollar cactus to become weak and more susceptible to disease. 

When growing outdoors, it prefers full sun to partial shade for at least 4-6 hours a day. However, protecting the cactus from intense afternoon sun during the hottest months of the year is important, as this can cause sunburn or scorching. A location with bright, indirect light (partial sun) during the hottest part of the day is ideal. Astrophytum asteriascolor tends to be richer and darker when grown in light to partial shade sun exposure. 

With proper care and attention to its light and temperature requirements, the Astrophytum asterias sand dollar cactus can thrive and provide years of enjoyment. 

Optimal Soil & fertilizer Needs 

The sand dollar likes very airy, porous, nutrient-rich soil with a pH of 6.5- 7.5. It requires fast-draining soil that dries completely between waterings. Soggy wet soil can damage your cactus and contribute to bacterial and fungal rot. In addition, because of a lack of oxygen, soggy soil substitutes air pockets with water, resulting in an anaerobic environment that can kill your plant. 

Ideally, you want to use our specialized potting mix that contains 5 natural substrates and organic mycorrhizae to promote the development of a strong root system that helps your Astrophytum asterias to thrive. 

Natural fertilizers with an equal mixture of NPK (5-10-5) are the best choice as they last longer and keep your soil alive by adding other beneficial compounds and microbes that encourage plant health and nutrient absorption. So, skip those harsh chemicals and give your sand dollar cactus some love with a good natural fertilizer! 

Hardiness Zones & More 

When growing indoors, the Astrophytum asterias prefers temperatures between 65- and 80-degrees Fahrenheit. It's important to provide a warm and consistent environment for this sand dollar cactus. As for humidity, it can tolerate average household humidity levels, which typically range from 40% to 60%. However, this cactus is native to arid regions, so it can also tolerate lower humidity levels.

Keep your sand dollar cactus away from cold, drafty windows and air vents if you are growing it indoors in a cold climate.

For outdoor cultivation, the Astrophytum asterias is best suited for zones 9 to 11. These zones are characterized by mild to warm climates, where the average minimum winter temperatures range from 20 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit. This cactus is not frost-tolerant, so if you live in a colder climate, it's best to keep it indoors or provide protection during the winter months.

Final Thoughts

Overall, the Astrophytum asterias (Sand dollar cactus) is a unique and fascinating plant. It features a distinctive star-shaped pattern on its stem, which gives it a truly eye-catching appearance. This cactus is relatively low-maintenance and can thrive both indoors and outdoors, as long as it's provided with the right conditions. It prefers temperatures between 65 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit indoors, and it's best suited for hardiness zones 9 to 11 outdoors. With proper care, including well-draining soil, occasional watering, and protection from frost, the Astrophytum asterias can bring a touch of celestial beauty to your plant collection.

Don't miss out on this opportunity to add something truly exceptional to your garden. Order your very own Astrophytum asterias sand dollar today!

Bloom Season Late spring, Early summer
Botanical Name Astrophytum asterias
Common Name Sand dollar cactus, sea urchin cactus, star cactus
Dormancy Winter
Family Cactaceae
Flower Color Dark pinkishred, Orangered, purple winered
Genus Astrophytum
Growth Habit Spherical, cylindrical stem
Growth Rate Slow
Hardiness Zone 9, 10, 11
Mature Size 12 in. tall, 12 in. wide
Native Area Texas, Mexico
Plant Type Perennial succulent, cactus
Propagation By seeds, cuttings
Resistance Drought tolerant, Deer resistance, heat resistant
Soil PH 6.5, Acidic, Neutral
Soil Type Cactus potting mix soil
Special Features Star shaped apperance
Sun Exposure Full sun, partial shade
Toxicity Safe for humans, friendly to dogs, friendly to cats
Watering Needs Low

Pests & Common Problems of Sand Dollar

The Astrophytum asterias is susceptible to several pests and problems. These can cause damage to the plant by feeding on the leaves and stems, which can cause the plant to become weak and stressed. 

Pests attack: To prevent these pests from infesting the sand dollar, it is important to keep the plant in a clean environment and avoid overwatering, as this can create a humid environment that is conducive to pest infestations. If pests are present, they can be treated with insecticidal soap or neem oil, which are effective at killing pests without harming the plant. 

Rot: It can also be a problem for the sand dollar, as it can cause the roots and stems to rot. To prevent this problem, it is important to plant the plant in well-drained soil and to avoid watering it too frequently. 

Powdery Mildew: Powdery mildew is a white and moldy disease that can be caused by poor air circulation and humidity. To remove it without damaging the plant, dissolve one tablespoon of baking soda into a gallon of water and wash the plant with a baking soda mixture. 

Frequently
Asked Questions

  • Is sand dollar cactus rare? 

    The sand dollar cactus is not a rare (wild collected specimens) plant that is difficult to find. Due to poaching and habitat destruction, this cactus is threatened in the wild but is relatively common in cultivation.   It is a popular choice for cactus enthusiasts and collectors and is widely available for purchase both in nurseries and online. Therefore, it is safe to say that the sand dollar cactus is not considered a rare plant.

  • What is the sand dollar cactus natural habitat? 

    The Astrophytum asterias (sand dollar cactus) is native to northern Mexico, where it grows in rocky, well-drained soils in desert and semi-desert regions. It is adapted to hot, dry conditions and can tolerate high temperatures and low rainfall.  The sand dollar cactus is often found growing in association with other cacti and succulents, as well as other desert-adapted plants. In its natural habitat, it is an important part of the ecosystem and provides food and shelter for a variety of wildlife. 

  • How fast does Astrophytum asterias grow? 

    The growth rate of Astrophytum asterias cacti can vary depending on a number of factors, including the amount of light, water, and nutrients they receive, and they are typically slow-growing plants that can grow up to 12 inches tall.In general, it can take several years for an Astrophytum cactus to reach maturity and begin producing flowers.  

  • Does Astrophytum asterias need sunlight? 

    Astrophytum cacti require a lot of sunlight to grow and thrive. They are adapted to hot, dry conditions and are capable of tolerating intense sunlight for extended periods of time. In fact, exposure to bright sunlight is necessary for these plants to maintain their distinctive shape and markings.  If an Astrophytum cactus does not receive enough sunlight, it may become pale or yellowish in color, and its growth may become stunted. Therefore, it is important to place these plants in a location where they will receive plenty of direct sunlight, such as a south-facing window or a sunny outdoor location.

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Introducing the Astrophytum asterias, also known as Sand dollar cactus, a vibrant member of the Astrophytum genus. It has its origin in Texas & Mexico and belongs to the Cactaceae family. 

Astrophytum asterias gets its common name from the distinctive markings on its surface, which resemble the pattern of a sand dollar. While there is no official "sand dollar meaning" associated with this cactus species, many people find its unique appearance to be aesthetically pleasing and enjoy growing it as a decorative plant.


This winter-dormant plant can reach up to a height of 6-12 inches, with a main tuber or tubers of tap root that are thick and turnip-like, and is relatively easy to grow.

This adorable sand dollar cactus goes by several other names, star cactus, and sea urchin cactus, for its unique appearance.

This spinless Mexican cactus boasts a solitary spherical dark green stem with woolly areoles, making it a real showstopper in any landscape.

The Astrophytum asterias flower blooms in the mid-summer season, with pale yellow flowers and orange-red centers, which only lasts for a relatively short period. As if that wasn't enough to captivate your attention, it generously offers an array of fruits that range from vibrant green to delicate pink or even mysteriously grayish-red hues. 

This fascinating little creature loves being the center of attention and forms itself into a flattened round shape divided into eight sections for maximum visual impact. Each section boasts a creamy white row of fuzzy dots running down its middle while smaller white dots dance around effortlessly, forming mesmerizing patterns across its surface like stars scattered across the night sky. 

This attractive star cactus propagates through seeds, which can be obtained from dried flowers. Astrophytum asteriasor Sand Dollar Cactus is an adorable plant that can be a great gift to give your loved ones. 

Watering Needs 

Like most succulents, the sand dollar cactus is adapted to arid environments and does not require frequent watering. In fact, overwatering can be harmful to the sand dollar and can lead to issues with root rot and other fungal diseases.

One of the coolest features of the Sand Dollar is the way it stores water in its stems. That means you don't need to water your sand dollar too often - just make sure the topsoil is completely dry before giving it another drink. The soak-and-dry method is the best way to water this cactus.  

During those hot summer months (growing season), watering once a week is perfect for this little guy. But come wintertime (dormant period), you can cut back to every two weeks or less.

And get this - any type of water (except hard water) will work just fine. So, whether you use tap or filtered, or even rainwater, your Astrophytum asterias will thrive in no time. Just remember to avoid hard water since this cactus doesn't like lime very much. 

Light Requirements 

When growing indoors, the Astrophytum asterias star cactus requires bright, direct sunlight (full sun) to thrive. This means that it should be placed in a location where it will receive at least six hours of direct sunlight each day.

If the sand dollar cactus is not receiving enough light, it may become elongated or "stretched out" as it tries to reach for more light. This Mexican cactus can cause the sand dollar cactus to become weak and more susceptible to disease. 

When growing outdoors, it prefers full sun to partial shade for at least 4-6 hours a day. However, protecting the cactus from intense afternoon sun during the hottest months of the year is important, as this can cause sunburn or scorching. A location with bright, indirect light (partial sun) during the hottest part of the day is ideal. Astrophytum asteriascolor tends to be richer and darker when grown in light to partial shade sun exposure. 

With proper care and attention to its light and temperature requirements, the Astrophytum asterias sand dollar cactus can thrive and provide years of enjoyment. 

Optimal Soil & fertilizer Needs 

The sand dollar likes very airy, porous, nutrient-rich soil with a pH of 6.5- 7.5. It requires fast-draining soil that dries completely between waterings. Soggy wet soil can damage your cactus and contribute to bacterial and fungal rot. In addition, because of a lack of oxygen, soggy soil substitutes air pockets with water, resulting in an anaerobic environment that can kill your plant. 

Ideally, you want to use our specialized potting mix that contains 5 natural substrates and organic mycorrhizae to promote the development of a strong root system that helps your Astrophytum asterias to thrive. 

Natural fertilizers with an equal mixture of NPK (5-10-5) are the best choice as they last longer and keep your soil alive by adding other beneficial compounds and microbes that encourage plant health and nutrient absorption. So, skip those harsh chemicals and give your sand dollar cactus some love with a good natural fertilizer! 

Hardiness Zones & More 

When growing indoors, the Astrophytum asterias prefers temperatures between 65- and 80-degrees Fahrenheit. It's important to provide a warm and consistent environment for this sand dollar cactus. As for humidity, it can tolerate average household humidity levels, which typically range from 40% to 60%. However, this cactus is native to arid regions, so it can also tolerate lower humidity levels.

Keep your sand dollar cactus away from cold, drafty windows and air vents if you are growing it indoors in a cold climate.

For outdoor cultivation, the Astrophytum asterias is best suited for zones 9 to 11. These zones are characterized by mild to warm climates, where the average minimum winter temperatures range from 20 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit. This cactus is not frost-tolerant, so if you live in a colder climate, it's best to keep it indoors or provide protection during the winter months.

Final Thoughts

Overall, the Astrophytum asterias (Sand dollar cactus) is a unique and fascinating plant. It features a distinctive star-shaped pattern on its stem, which gives it a truly eye-catching appearance. This cactus is relatively low-maintenance and can thrive both indoors and outdoors, as long as it's provided with the right conditions. It prefers temperatures between 65 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit indoors, and it's best suited for hardiness zones 9 to 11 outdoors. With proper care, including well-draining soil, occasional watering, and protection from frost, the Astrophytum asterias can bring a touch of celestial beauty to your plant collection.

Don't miss out on this opportunity to add something truly exceptional to your garden. Order your very own Astrophytum asterias sand dollar today!

Bloom Season Late spring, Early summer
Botanical Name Astrophytum asterias
Common Name Sand dollar cactus, sea urchin cactus, star cactus
Dormancy Winter
Family Cactaceae
Flower Color Dark pinkishred, Orangered, purple winered
Genus Astrophytum
Growth Habit Spherical, cylindrical stem
Growth Rate Slow
Hardiness Zone 9, 10, 11
Mature Size 12 in. tall, 12 in. wide
Native Area Texas, Mexico
Plant Type Perennial succulent, cactus
Propagation By seeds, cuttings
Resistance Drought tolerant, Deer resistance, heat resistant
Soil PH 6.5, Acidic, Neutral
Soil Type Cactus potting mix soil
Special Features Star shaped apperance
Sun Exposure Full sun, partial shade
Toxicity Safe for humans, friendly to dogs, friendly to cats
Watering Needs Low

Pests & Common Problems of Sand Dollar

The Astrophytum asterias is susceptible to several pests and problems. These can cause damage to the plant by feeding on the leaves and stems, which can cause the plant to become weak and stressed. 

Pests attack: To prevent these pests from infesting the sand dollar, it is important to keep the plant in a clean environment and avoid overwatering, as this can create a humid environment that is conducive to pest infestations. If pests are present, they can be treated with insecticidal soap or neem oil, which are effective at killing pests without harming the plant. 

Rot: It can also be a problem for the sand dollar, as it can cause the roots and stems to rot. To prevent this problem, it is important to plant the plant in well-drained soil and to avoid watering it too frequently. 

Powdery Mildew: Powdery mildew is a white and moldy disease that can be caused by poor air circulation and humidity. To remove it without damaging the plant, dissolve one tablespoon of baking soda into a gallon of water and wash the plant with a baking soda mixture. 

Frequently
Asked Questions

  • Is sand dollar cactus rare? 

    The sand dollar cactus is not a rare (wild collected specimens) plant that is difficult to find. Due to poaching and habitat destruction, this cactus is threatened in the wild but is relatively common in cultivation.   It is a popular choice for cactus enthusiasts and collectors and is widely available for purchase both in nurseries and online. Therefore, it is safe to say that the sand dollar cactus is not considered a rare plant.

  • What is the sand dollar cactus natural habitat? 

    The Astrophytum asterias (sand dollar cactus) is native to northern Mexico, where it grows in rocky, well-drained soils in desert and semi-desert regions. It is adapted to hot, dry conditions and can tolerate high temperatures and low rainfall.  The sand dollar cactus is often found growing in association with other cacti and succulents, as well as other desert-adapted plants. In its natural habitat, it is an important part of the ecosystem and provides food and shelter for a variety of wildlife. 

  • How fast does Astrophytum asterias grow? 

    The growth rate of Astrophytum asterias cacti can vary depending on a number of factors, including the amount of light, water, and nutrients they receive, and they are typically slow-growing plants that can grow up to 12 inches tall.In general, it can take several years for an Astrophytum cactus to reach maturity and begin producing flowers.  

  • Does Astrophytum asterias need sunlight? 

    Astrophytum cacti require a lot of sunlight to grow and thrive. They are adapted to hot, dry conditions and are capable of tolerating intense sunlight for extended periods of time. In fact, exposure to bright sunlight is necessary for these plants to maintain their distinctive shape and markings.  If an Astrophytum cactus does not receive enough sunlight, it may become pale or yellowish in color, and its growth may become stunted. Therefore, it is important to place these plants in a location where they will receive plenty of direct sunlight, such as a south-facing window or a sunny outdoor location.

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