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Rebutia muscula

Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rebutia (ray-BEW-tee-uh) (Info)
Species: muscula (MUS-kuh-luh) (Info)

Synonym:Aylostera muscula
Synonym:Rebutia nicolaii
Synonym:Cylindrorebutia nicolai
Synonym:Rebutia wessneriana var. permutata
Synonym:Rebutia permutata

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3-6 in. (7-15 cm)
6-9 in. (15-22 cm)
9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

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)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade

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

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
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; sow indoors before 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

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Fires_in_motion On May 19, 2013, Fires_in_motion from Vacherie, LA (Zone 9a) wrote:

A beautiful and charismatic little cactus with soft, pettable spines (just stiff hairs really), but it's extremely sensitive to overwatering. Hence in my rainy part of the world (Louisiana), I wouldn't even consider keeping it outside, unless it's under a porch roof so that you can control how much water it gets. Better yet, keep it indoors by a bright window year-round. Pups can be easily "snapped" off and potted up.

Positive franj On Feb 14, 2007, franj from Tucson, AZ wrote:

A beautiful white spined clumper. One of the most pettable cacti I've come across since Mammillaria plumosa. Impossible to stick yourself with it's soft velvety spines.


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

Phoenix, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona
Ashdown, Arkansas
Canoga Park, California
Hayward, California
Pleasant Hill, California
Athens, Georgia

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