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Matucana intertexta
  • RHS AGM

A clump-forming perennial cactus to 15cm tall, with spherical to short cylindrical, shiny dark green stems, each with 14-18 warty, sometimes spiralling ribs. From spring to early summer it produces funnel-shaped orange flowers to 7cm long

Size
Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
5–10 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green Orange
Summer Green Orange
Autumn Green
Winter Green
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H2
Botanical details
Family
Cactaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Clump forming
Genus

Matucana are cacti with solitary or clustered, ribbed, spiny stems that may be globose or cylindrical, and have funnel-shaped flowers in a range of colours

Name status

Correct

Plant range
Peru

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How to grow

Cultivation

Under glass grow in a mix of 4 parts cactus compost to 1 part limestone chippings, in full light. From springh to summer water freely, apply a balanced liquid fertiliser monthly. Keep dry at other times. See cactus and succulent cultivation for further information

Propagation

Propagate by sowing seed at 21°C in spring and summer, separate offsets in spring and summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Sub-tropical
  • Patio and container plants
  • Low Maintenance
  • Conservatory and greenhouse
Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

May be susceptible to scale insects and mealybugs

Diseases

Generally disease-free

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