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PlantFiles: Peanut Cactus
Echinopsis chamaecereus f. lutea 'Yellow Peanut'

Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Echinopsis (ek-in-OP-sis) (Info)
Species: chamaecereus f. lutea
Cultivar: Yellow Peanut

Synonym:Chamaecereus silvestrii
Synonym:Chamaecereus sylvestrii
Synonym:Cereus silvestrii
Synonym:Lobivia silvestrii

Cactus and Succulents

under 6 in. (15 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)
9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
Allow cut surface to callous over before planting
By simple layering

Seed Collecting:
Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
Wear gloves to protect hands when handling seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral palmbob On Dec 8, 2006, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This heading actually is for the 'lutea' version of the Peanut Cactus, which is an 'albino' form of the 'normal' plant. Unfortunately, there was no heading for the 'normal' plant so everyone else seems to have uploaded their photos to this plant, and all of the photos here are in the wrong place, except for the ones of the obviously pale yellow cacti. This plant is usually grown grafted, and is a pretty wimpy alter ego of the otherwise hardy version of this cactus. I have not seen a 'lutea' bloom, but wouldn't be surprised, if the graft was healthy, and it was well protected and fed, that it could manage it. Sold mostly as a curiosity. I personally have not had any luck keeping one of these alive for a long time, but I keep all my plants outdoors in the environment, and this form seems a bit too wimpy for that abuse.

Positive wnstarr On Oct 27, 2003, wnstarr from Puyallup, WA (Zone 5a) wrote:

Edgewood, Washington
Have owned and known this plant by Chamacereus silvestri, or peanut cactus. Have had one every since I was a kid, is a small miniature cactus growing less than 3 inches. Blooms are bright scarlet red that are about 3-4 inches in size. It is a dependable bloomer, usually in the Spring to early Summer. Easy to propagate, it is covered with short spiny needles that easily stick to anything that it touches or touches it. These small sections will root rapidly with no assistance. Just let them lay on the soil and you have a new start.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Phoenix, Arizona
Canoga Park, California
Castro Valley, California
Clayton, California
Clovis, California
Fair Oaks, California
Manhattan Beach, California
Oak View, California
San Bernardino, California
Henderson, Nevada
Monterey, Tennessee
El Paso, Texas
Puyallup, Washington

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