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PlantFiles: Matucana
Matucana krahnii

Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Matucana (mat-oo-KAN-uh) (Info)
Species: krahnii (KRON-ee-eye) (Info)

Synonym:Matucana calliantha
Synonym:Borzicactus krahnii

One member has or wants this plant for trade.

Cactus and Succulents

under 6 in. (15 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)
6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

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

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer


Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
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:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From woody stem cuttings
Allow cut surface to callous over before planting
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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By nokats
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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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

Nice little cactus that has a large wonderful bright red flower in the late Spring or early Summer. This small round cactus doesn't have ribs with needles, it has nipples that are surrounded by needles. It will multiply with little plants around the mother. Propagate by division. Prefers sun and fast draining soil. Nice addition to an indoor windowsill collection.

Positive nokats On Apr 20, 2003, nokats from Sydney

This cactus has a very nice slightly zygomorphic flower
of a reddish lilac colour, about 7cm long and flowers over a long period.


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

Puyallup, Washington

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