Description: Very small clumping plants,
Stems: Individual heads short-cylindrical
2-4 cm wide, 4 cm tall, The colour of the epidermis
vary from grey-green or olive-green to dark
purple-green with violet tints.
Spines: Short glass-white.
Flowers: Up to 3cm in diameter and
usually salmon pink However
the flowers of this species and its varieties (forms?) vary a lot and
range from from white to pink, red, salmon
Roots: tap root:
Note: Rebutia pygmaea
is a widespread, extremely variable species that has received numerous
Cultivation: It is easy to
grow and recommended for beginners. Prefer gritty, porous mix with a pH
slightly on the acidic side. Full sun to light shade, Water regularly in
summer but do not overwater (the root system is rot prone) and allow the
pot to dry out between waterings. Keep dry in winter Hardy to -4°C it
will take low temperatures when dry and do require a winter rest period.
This species will occupy a small flower pot comfortably and remain a
manageable sized house plant.
Pest and disease: This plants are subject to mealy-bug attack and
to fungus and rot problems brought about by overwatering and high
Note: It would appear that
in cultivation they grow larger and cluster more vigorously than in
Propagation: seed or offsets.