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PlantFiles: Giant Chin Cactus
Gymnocalycium saglionis

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Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Gymnocalycium (jim-no-kal-LISS-ee-um) (Info)
Species: saglionis (SAG-lee-oh-nis) (Info)

Synonym:Echinocactus saglionis
Synonym:Gymnocalycium saglionis subsp. saglionis
Synonym:Gymnocalycium saglionis var. albispinum
Synonym:Gymnocalycium saglionis var. flavispinum
Synonym:Gymnocalycium saglionis var. longispinum

Category:
Cactus and Succulents

Height:
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Hardiness:
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

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

Bloom Color:
Pale Pink
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring

Foliage:
Unknown - Tell us

Other details:
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:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
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

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral Xenomorf On Jan 2, 2005, Xenomorf from Valley of the Sun, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

Of the two subspecies, 'tilcarense' has shorter floral tubes than 'saglionis' and only occurs naturally in the Tilcara, Argentina area.
More synonyms are Gymnocalycium saglionis var. roseispinum, Gymnocalycium saglionis var. rubrispinum & Gymnocalycium saglionis var. tucumanense.

Regional...

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

Chandler, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona
Orange, California
Reseda, California
San Marino, California
Sherman Oaks, California



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