Chamaecereus silvestrii / Echinopsis chamaecereus - Peanut Cactus - Statement Plants
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Chamaecereus silvestrii / Echinopsis chamaecereus - Peanut Cactus

An easy cactus to grow, forming large mounds over time. Prolific bloomer with showy red flowers in spring and summer.

Full sun to part shade

Drought tolerant

Well drained gritty soil

Partly frost tolerant (see notes)

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  • Known as the Peanut Cactus, named for the peanut shape of its offsets, has finger-like stems that can form crowded mats over time. It is a prolific bloomer, with showy red flowers in spring and summer.

    Grow in a sunny position in well draining soil. It likes a cold spell in winter in order to produce its best flowers. Water moderately in the warmer months when dry and very little to none in winter. Frost tolerant if kept dry.

    Synonyms

    Peanut Cactus
    Chamaecereus silvestrii, Lobivia silvestrii, Cereus silvestrii


    Plant height 12cm
    Plant width Individual plants to around 4-6cm. Clusters to around 15cm - 30cm
    Habit Cluster forming
    Growth Cycle Perennial
    Foliage Green cylindrical with short white to brown spines on ribs
    Flower Red, showy
    Flowering time Spring and summer
    Toxicity Non toxic, but keep away from children and pets.