- Light: Bright light with ample air flow.
- Water: Allow soil to dry out between watering.
- Soil: Requires porous soil with excellent drainage.
It is a strong growing crested cactus that will slowly forms brain-shaped groups. Its stem is thick, fan shaped, deeply ribbed and green. Its spines are yellowish turning grey as they age, thin, acicular, bristle-like, and as it ages, the spines tend to fall out.