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Rebutia pygmaea

Pronunciation: Ray-bew-tee-uh pig-may-uh
Family: Cactaceae
Common Name: Crown cactus
Plant Type:
  • succulent and cactus
Height to: 1. 5 in
Width to: 3 in
USDA Hardiness Zones:
  • 50 to 40ºF ZONE 11
  • 60 to 50ºF ZONE 12
Sun Exposure:
  • full sun
Bloom Season:
  • early summer
  • mid summer
  • late summer
Bloom Description: Crown cactus (rebutia pygmaea) bear solitary, pink-purple flowers, 3/4-1" across, that are borne on hte lower parts of the stems
Soil Type: Under glass, grow in standard cactus potting mix in full light, low humidity. Outdoors, grow in moderately fertile, gritty, sharply drained soil
  • Yes
Plant Perks:
  • Rock Garden
  • Suitable for Houseplant
  • Container Gardening
  • Drought Tolerant
Pests and Diseases: Prone to scale insects, mealybugs, and fungal stem rot, especially during propagation.
Propagation: Sow crown cactus (rebutia pygmaea) seed at 70 degrees f, in early spring, or remove offsets in the spring and summer
Native to: N. W. Argentina
Winter Sowing Zones: None
Notes for Identification: Crown cactus (rebutia pygmaea) is a solitary or clustering cactus producing ovoid to short-cylindrical, mid to dark green stems, 1/2 to 3/4" thick, with tubercles arranged in 8-12 spiral rows, and white spines, 1/16-1/8" long (9-11 radials, no centrals). Source: the american hort society a-z encyclopedia of garden plants
USDA Heat Zones (days above 86ºF):
  • 150 to 180 days ZONE 10
  • 180 to 210 days ZONE 11
  • Greater then 210 ZONE 12
Seed photo: 0
Seed Label: 0
Located in: Succulents
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