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Echinopsis chamaecereus

Peanut Cactus

This green cactus has slender vertical stems that are covered in white to orange spines. Each stem has 8 to 10 ribs. As it grows, it branches out and clumps. Watch for reddish-orange flowers in the spring or summer.

Quick Look:

  • Full sun to bright indoor light

  • Typical watering needs for a succulent. Water less frequently in the winter.

  • Plant grows up to 5″ (10 cm) tall

  • Zone 10a (Minimum 30° F | -1.1° C)

  • Not cold hardy

  • Propagation by offsets, seeds

  • Generally non-toxic to humans and animals

  • Winter Dormant

Care and Propagation Information

General Care for Echinopsis chamaecereus "Peanut Cactus"

Echinopsis chamaecereus "Peanut Cactus" is the perfect beginner cactus. It can be grown indoors, as well as outside if it doesn't get too cold. Plant on its own in a pot, or as part of an arrangement. As it grows, it begins to trail, creating a "spiller" effect. If grown in the ground, it creates a mat as it spreads out. It is native to Argentina.


Echinopsis chamaecereus "Peanut Cactus" has typical watering needs for a succulent. It's best to use the “soak and dry” method, and allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings. Water less frequently in the winter during dormancy.

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Where to Plant

“Peanut Cactus” is not cold hardy, so if you live in a zone that gets colder than 30° F (-1.1° C), it's best to plant this succulent in a container that can be brought indoors. It does well in full to partial sun during the Summer.

How to Propagate Echinopsis chamaecereus "Peanut Cactus"

Echinopsis chamaecereus "Peanut Cactus" can be propagated from offsets or seeds.


"Peanut Cactus" will produce small offsets, stemming off in clumps around the main tubercles. You can remove the offsets easily, using a pair of tongs and a sharp, sterile knife. Allow the offset to dry for several days before replanting in well-draining soil on their own, or in arrangements.


To grow “Peanut Cactus” from seeds, sow your seeds in a well-draining soil. You can grow Echinocactus grusonii seeds outdoors if you live in an zone above 9a. If you live in a cooler area, you can begin sowing indoors under a grow light or on a seed mat.

Commonly Mistaken For

Disocactus flagelliformis "Rat Tail Cactus" and Echinopsis silvestrii.

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