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Rebutia arenacea

Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rebutia (ray-BEW-tee-uh) (Info)
Species: arenacea

Synonym:Sulcorebutia arenacea
Synonym:Weingartia arenacea

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Cactus and Succulents

under 6 in. (15 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 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


Bloom Color:
Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Bloom Time:
Mid Winter

Grown for foliage

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:

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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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive cacti_lover On Feb 22, 2005, cacti_lover from Henderson, NV (Zone 9b) wrote:

This cactus is indeed beautiful even without its golden yellow one inch blooms. The solitary stems can form pups after a certain size and age. This cactus is from Bolivia. It used to be is the Sulcorebutia genus.

Positive palmbob On Feb 21, 2005, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This cactus is one of the more incredibly beautiful globoid species in my opinion... easy to grow, large, smooth, user-friendly, with perfectly geometically spaces itty bitty spines and profuse gold flowers in winter. Nice!


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

Phoenix, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona
Pleasant Hill, California
San Diego, California

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