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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: 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
Uses: Groundcover
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
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

Common names
  • Peanut Cactus
  • Cactus Cacahuete
  • Krypkaktus

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  • 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) 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, then Echinopsis, maybe back to the other name soon) 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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