General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 7b -15 °C (5 °F) to -12.2 °C (10 °F)
Plant Height: 4 inches
Plant Spread: Clumps to 18-24 inches wide
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Orange
Other: Reddish orange
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Houseplant
Uses: Groundcover
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Layering
Division
Offsets
Other: Allow cuttings to dry out and callous over for a few days before planting in a well-draining potting medium.
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Suitable for hanging baskets
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth
Awards and Recognitions: RHS AGM

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Common names
  • Peanut Cactus
  • Cactus Cacahuete
  • Cactus Cacahuate
  • Krypkaktus
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Chamaecereus silvestrii
  • Synonym: Echinopsis chamaecereus

Photo Gallery
Location: Baja California
Date: 2019-05-09
Location: Youngsville, LA
Date: 2017-05-14
By tabbycat
Location: Nationale Plantentuin Meise (Botanical Garden near Brussels)
Date: 2016-02-25
Echinopsis chamaecereus H.Friedrich & Glaetzle - BG Meise
Location: From my collection. Poland.
Date: 2020-06-12

Date: 2019-05-17
Location: Cisco, Tx (between Dallas and Abilene)
Date: 2018-05-01

'Mardi Gras'
Location: Monção, Portugal
Date: 2023-06-07
Location: From my collection. Poland.
Date: 2019-06-01
Chamaecereus hybr. 'Lips'
Location: From my collection. Poland.
Date: 2019-06-02
Location: Baja California
Date: 2023-06-07
Location: Wiesbaden - Germany
Date: 2021-05-27
Unknowing Varieté
Location: Parchur, Andhra Pradesh, India
Date: 2018-10-13

Date: 2018-06-04
Location: San Clemente
Date: 2019-05-11
Location: From my collection. Poland.
Date: 2019-06-01
Chamaecereus cv. Lincoln Tinker
Location: Tillage, Austin, Texas
Date: 2022-04-06
Location: From my collection. Poland.
Date: 2019-06-18
Location: From my collection. Poland.
Date: 2019-06-01
Location: From my collection. Poland.
Date: 2019-05-30
Chamaecereus hybr. 'Otto Zitek'
Photo by skopjecollection
Location: Youngsville, LA
Date: 2017-05-12
By tabbycat
Location: In my garden, Falls Church, VA
Date: 2018-08-14
Location: My Garden in Fort Worth, TX
Date: 2019-06-25
Location: Monção, Portugal
Date: 2023-06-07
Photo by ctcarol
Location: From my collection. Poland.
Date: 2018-05-19
Location: Fountain, Florida
Date: 2012-04-07
Location: South Jordan, Utah, United States
Photo by Castello_decorum
Location: Indoors - San Joaquin County, CA
Date: 29Mar to 31Mar2014
A quick bloom show from the Peanut Cactus
Photo by piddlersue
Location: From my collection. Poland.
Date: 2018-05-19
Location: From my collection. Poland.
Date: 2018-05-19
Echinopsis chamaecereus cv. Rainbow
Location: Wiesbaden - Germany
Date: 2021-05-11
CHAMAECEREUS cv. flame
Location: Fountain, Florida
Date: 2012-04-10
Location: At home - San Joaquin County, CA
Date: 2014-03-31
A new cacti in my collection - Peanut Cactus
Location: From my collection. Poland.
Date: 2021-06-10
Location: In my collection. Poland.
Location: South Jordan, Utah, United States
Date: 2018-09-17
Location: Baja California
Date: 2021-07-14
3 gallon (10") pot
Location: Baja California
Date: 2021-01-19
Location: From my collection. Poland.
Date: 2018-05-19
Location: Fountain, Florida
Date: 2012-04-01
Location: From my collection. Poland.
Date: 2019-06-23
Location: From my collection. Poland.
Date: 2019-06-22
Location: At our garden - San Joaquin County, CA
Date: 2014-04-07
Close-up of the center of the peanut cactus bloom
Location: From my collection. Poland.
Date: 2018-05-19
Location: From my collection. Poland.
Date: 2018-05-19
Chamaecereus hybr. Lips
Location: From my collection. Poland.
Date: 2018-05-19
Location: Almere Jungle
Date: 2022-08-11
Location: From my collection. Poland.
Date: 2021-08-20
Lincoln Friend
Location: Fountain, Florida
Date: 2012-04-10
Location: Fountain, Florida
Date: 2012-04-01
Photo by tarev
Photo by ljones26
Location: In my collection. Poland.
Location: West Jordan, Utah, United States
Date: 2021-09-07
Variegated plant.
Location: From my  colection. Poland.
Location: From my  colection. Poland.
Location: From my  colection. Poland.
Location: From my collection. Poland.
Date: 2018-05-19
Chamaecereus hybr. Otto Zitek
Location: Wiesbaden - Germany
Date: 2021-05-11
Unknown Hybrid

Photo Courtesy of Mountain Crest Gardens. Used with permission.
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Comments:
  • Posted by Baja_Costero (Baja California - Zone 11b) on Aug 24, 2019 9:23 PM concerning plant:
    Clumping, mat-forming, creeping or trailing cactus from Argentina with dramatic red-orange flowers that open in the daytime during late spring. Relatively common in cultivation. Many small (half inch wide) stems, roughly peanut-like, each with 6-9 ribs and bristly (not particularly dangerous) spines. Branches are easily detached and rooted. Suitable for hanging pots. Provide strong light and excellent drainage. Fast growing and prolific under permissive conditions. Winter cool is not required for flowering but may enhance it. This plant is not at all floriferous in our climate, which is quite mild (no winter cold or any particular warmth during late spring either).

    This species was formerly classified under Cereus, Chamaecereus, Echinopsis and Lobivia. It has been hybridized extensively (these hybrids formerly known as xChamaelobivia, then Echinopsis, maybe back to the other name now) to generate a variety of flower colors. Many of the hybrids have been named. Several masquerade as the species (including examples on this page).
  • Posted by tabbycat (Youngsville, LA - Zone 9b) on May 22, 2018 7:47 AM concerning plant:
    I called mine Rat Tails for years, but when it flowered red instead of yellow as I'd seen in pictures, I determined it was Peanut Cactus. It grows to about 12" long, sending out 1" to 4" branches all along the sides that sometimes drop to make new plants and fill a pot in about a year. So easy to care for. Too much sun makes it turn bronze color, so it only needs filtered sunlight and bright light to bloom.
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