Magnificent Parody: How To Care For And Grow This Flowering Succulent

There Magnificent parody it is a succulent plant much loved for its high decorative power. At the end of spring, in fact, it begins to produce numerous large flowers with showy colors. There are several varieties and all are quite easy to grow. They are perfect in rock gardens and cactus and succulent gardens, but they can also be grown in pots, to keep them indoors. The name of this botanical species refers to the Argentine expert Lorenzo Raimundo Parodi.

Characteristics of the magnificent Parody

Belonging to the family of Cactaceae, the magnificent Parodia (pronounced Paròdia) is a small succulent plant, very simple and graceful, native to South America. It is very common especially in Brazil.

Here are its physical characteristics:

  • Form: rounded
  • kegs: at first they have a globular shape then, over time, they take on a columnar structure. Bluish-green in color, they have between 11 and 15 ribs. They are covered with tubercles arranged in spirals or in regular rows. On the apex there are gray and downy areoles with thin yellowish spines
  • Flowers: in spring, beautiful flowers of various colors appear according to the different varieties: yellow, red, pink or purple
  • Fruits: small and oval in shape, they appear in late summer. They contain many fertile seeds


Various species of cacti have been incorporated into the genus Parodia. This is why there are various species, from small and spherical ones, to columnar cactus.

Let’s take a closer look at the most popular ones:

  • P. buiningii: rare species widespread in Brazil and Uruguay. Spherical in shape, it can reach a height of 8 cm. It is covered with long yellow spines and produces yellow flowers
  • P. nigrispina: endemic species of Paraguay, where it grows in predominantly rocky areas
  • P. warasii: also known as Eriocactus warasii And Notocactus warasii, this variety is a cactus from Brazil. With a globular or cylindrical stem, it can reach a height of 6 cm. In the central summer months it produces very large yellow flowers with particular glossy petals. Easy to grow variety that requires a lot of light
  • P. microsperma: species which is distinguished by its golden yellow thorns and yellow flowers which appear on the apex of the plant
  • P. mutabilis: species that has flat ribs, areoles covered with a thin down and hooked spines. It produces yellow flowers
  • P. catamarcensis: with woolly areoles from which a red thorn emerges, it produces yellowish-white flowers
  • P. sanguiniflora: species that has areoles with short spines with a dark hook-shaped spine in the centre. The flowers are dark red
Magnificent parody
A succulent plant much loved for its decorative potential.

When the magnificent Parody flourishes

It flowers from 2-3 years of age. In summer, most of the various species produce numerous large flowers and in bright, bright colors.

How to grow Parodia magnifica

This particular cacti can be grown both in the ground and in pots. Let’s see the main differences to understand when one cultivation technique or the other is convenient.

  • In the open ground: in areas with a mild climate, with winter temperatures that do not drop below 4°C. The plants must be placed in sunny but well-sheltered positions (in fact, in summer they must not receive direct sunlight)
  • Potted: the most recommended option, using small terracotta pots with a diameter almost equal to that of the stem, filled with neutral or slightly acidic compost consisting of fertilized earth and coarse sand to facilitate drainage. The pots should then be positioned in a very sunny area, and the plants watered regularly from March to October, only when the earth is completely dry. In winter, mist the soil to keep it moist

Advice for the care of Parodia magnifica

As with almost all cacti, cultivation is quite simple. It is essential never to let this plant lack light as it tends to thin out the roots and therefore there is a risk that it will remain completely without it.

But let’s see in more detail the parameters to consider and pay attention to in order to cultivate it at its best and keep it beautiful and healthy.

  • Exposure: loves very bright places; however, during the hottest months, it should be moved to a semi-shaded place to shelter it from direct sunlight
  • Climate: although it may be able to survive short frosts, the temperature must not drop below 6-8°C
  • Ground: for cultivation in open ground, the ideal substrate is light, sandy and well drained. Potted, it’s fine a topsoil ideal for succulent plants to which you can add expanded clay to favor drainage
  • Watering: it should be watered regularly every 3-4 days, waiting between one watering and another for the soil to be completely dry. In autumn and winter, on the other hand, irrigation must be completely stopped. Home-grown plants, on the other hand, require at least one monthly watering even during the cold months
  • Fertilization: from May to August, administer a liquid fertilizer every 2 weeks, specific for succulent plants, low in nitrogen and rich in potassium, diluted in the water used for irrigation
  • Pruning: not necessary
Magnificent parody
Its flowers are typically yellow, but there are also varieties that bloom in different colors.


Being a rather small plant that grows quite slowly, repotting is done every 3-4 years on average. Obviously a slightly larger pot than the previous one should be used, filled with universal soil mixed with river sand and lapilli to favor drainage and allow the roots to develop in a balanced way.


The most popular method for multiplication is by seed. Its seeds are tiny and must therefore be handled with extreme delicacy, carefully pressing them onto a base of fine sand. The tray with seeds and soil should therefore be placed in a shady place and at a temperature of about 21°C. When the plant has reached an adequate size, you can proceed with its potting.

The ideal time for sowing is spring. If you want to proceed in winter, it is best to do it inside a heated seedbed.

Reproduction by means of basal suckers is also possible, to be gently detached and repotted immediately in well drained soils.

Pests and diseases

Its main enemies are mites and parasites such as cochineal. These usually cause dark spots on the leaves. You can remove them manually using a cotton ball dipped in alcohol or by washing the leaves of the plant with soap.

As already mentioned, in winter, Parodia tends to lose its roots. For this reason, it is best to place it in places where the temperature does not drop below 10°C.

Magnificent parody

Meaning of the Magnificent Parody

Like all succulents, also the Parodia Magnifica, in the language of flowers, represents tenacity and resistance, on which the ability to overcome any kind of adversity depend.

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