PlantsEchinopsis→Peanut Cactus (Echinopsis chamaecereus)

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Plant Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: 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
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 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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Location: Youngsville, LADate: 2017-05-14By tabbycat
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Location: Cisco, Tx (between Dallas and Abilene)Date: 2018-05-01
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Location: Reno, NVDate: 2021-04-16
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Location: From my collection. Poland.Date: 2020-06-12
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Location: From my collection. Poland.Date: 2019-06-01Chamaecereus hybr. 'Lips'
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Location: From my collection. Poland.Date: 2019-06-02
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Location: Youngsville, LADate: 2017-05-12By tabbycat
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Location: In my garden, Falls Church, VADate: 2018-08-14
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Location: Parchur, Andhra Pradesh, IndiaDate: 2018-10-13
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Location: From my collection. Poland.Date: 2019-06-01
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Location: From my collection. Poland.Date: 2019-05-30Chamaecereus hybr. 'Otto Zitek'
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Location: From my collection. Poland.Date: 2019-06-01Chamaecereus cv. Lincoln Tinker
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Location: My Garden in Fort Worth, TXDate: 2019-06-25
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Location: Fountain, FloridaDate: 2012-04-07
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Location: Indoors - San Joaquin County, CADate: 29Mar to 31Mar2014A quick bloom show from the Peanut Cactus
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Location: From my collection. Poland.Date: 2018-05-19
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Location: From my collection. Poland.Date: 2018-05-19
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Location: From my collection. Poland.Date: 2018-05-19Echinopsis chamaecereus cv. Rainbow
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Location: From my collection. Poland.Date: 2019-06-18
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Location: Fountain, FloridaDate: 2012-04-10
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Location: In my collection. Poland.
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Location: From my collection. Poland.Date: 2018-05-19
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Location: Fountain, FloridaDate: 2012-04-01
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Location: At home - San Joaquin County, CADate: 2014-03-31A new cacti in my collection - Peanut Cactus
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Location: At our garden - San Joaquin County, CADate: 2014-04-07Close-up of the center of the peanut cactus bloom
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Location: From my collection. Poland.Date: 2018-05-19
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Location: From my collection. Poland.Date: 2018-05-19Chamaecereus hybr. Lips
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Location: From my collection. Poland.Date: 2018-05-19
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Location: From my collection. Poland.Date: 2019-06-23
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Location: From my collection. Poland.Date: 2019-06-22
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Location: From my collection. Poland.Date: 2021-06-10
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Location: Fountain, FloridaDate: 2012-04-10
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Location: Fountain, FloridaDate: 2012-04-01
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Location: From my  colection. Poland.
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Location: In my collection. Poland.
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Location: From my collection. Poland.Date: 2018-05-19Chamaecereus hybr. Otto Zitek
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Posted by Baja_Costero (Baja California - Zone 11b) on Aug 24, 2019 9:23 PM

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) 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 species was formerly classified under Cereus, Chamaecereus, and Lobivia. It has been hybridized extensively (these hybrids formerly known as xChamaelobivia, now Echinopsis) to generate a variety of flower colors. Many of the hybrids have been named. Several masquerade as the species (including examples on this page).

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Posted by tabbycat (Youngsville, LA - Zone 9b) on May 22, 2018 7:47 AM

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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