The Peanut cactus, Echinopsis chamaecereus, is native to South America and Argentina. Peanut Cacti earns its name from the finger-shaped stems that resemble a cluster of peanuts. The plant has a trailing growth habit, making it an excellent choice for hanging baskets.
The stems of the Peanut cactus grow up to 6 inches in length with a diameter of a half inch each. The stems are covered in small, white bristles which feel soft but will prick the skin and cause irritation. Peanut cacti bloom in late spring to early summer, producing red or orange flowers. The blooms are on full display during the day, but close up each night.
Light: Part to full sun.
Water: Allow soil to dry between waterings.
Pets: Non-toxic, but it does have spines so use caution!