Aylostera muscula - Orange Snowball - Statement Plants

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Aylostera muscula - Orange Snowball

A delightful compact cactus with masses of bright orange flowers in spring and summer. An easy care, low maintenance plant.

Full sun to part shade

Drought tolerant

Well drained gritty soil

Partly frost tolerant (see notes)

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  • This cute cactus is also classified as Rebutia muscula and often labelled as Rebutia fiebrigii. The name muscula means 'small mouse' with its dense white spines that resemble fur.

    Aylostera muscula is a compact growing cactus that thrives in bright light. It grows best when positioned in full sun, with some afternoon shade.

    It is a reasonably slow grower that offsets readily. Showy, bright orange flowers appear in spring to early summer. It requires minimal fertiliser and a cold winter to produce it's best flowers. Repot annually in spring.

    It is an easy cactus to grow, and a rewarding beginners plant.


    White-haired Crown, Little Mouse, Orange Snowball
    Rebutia fiebrigii 'Muscula', Rebutia muscula, Echinocactus fiebrigii, Echinorebutia fiebrigii

    Plant height 10-20cm
    Plant width Clusters to 20cm
    Habit Solitary or cluster forming
    Growth Cycle Perennial
    Foliage Green stem with densly packed white to off-white spines
    Flower Deep orange, 2-3cm
    Flowering time Spring to autumn
    Toxicity Non toxic, but keep away from children and pets.