This plant is native to Northern Argentina and Patagonia. This plant is rarely offered as a seed grown plant. This plant is part of the subfamily Opuntioideae and have been placed into their own tribe, Pterocacteae. This plant will form a tuberous root system. This plant has the ability to form new tubers from the stems that get broken off to create new plants. This is a common way in habitat that these plants propagate themselves vegatatively. The stems can also die back. If either of these situations occur, your plant is not dead because the tuber will grow new stems. New stems can also branch from any other stem on the plant. Grow this plant in full sun for maximum flowering potential. Keep dry in the cold winter months and water in the warmer weather regularly. The flower grows from the terminal end of the stem and it is silky yellow.