Copiapoa griseoviolacea appears to be an attractive southern form of Copiapoa dura (Copiapoa echinoides) from which it differs by its epidermis and dense spine covering. It may grow solitary or often in more or less dense clumps.
TThe location has to be warm and bright, and it has to be in direct sun. Otherwise the bodies tend to elongate in cultivation, but they should be protected from excessive heat and sun in summer. In the spring and late summer, water moderately. Between these times there are dry rest periods. In the winter keep the plant absolutely dry. The roots need a lot of room, so make sure that the pot is large enough. Use regular cacti soil with very good drainage. Keep warm and dry in winter (10°C) to avoid rot. Not highly tolerant of a great deal of frost. (Frost tolerance 0°C)