Aylostera heliosa

Rebutia heliosa | Also known as: Sun Crown Cactus | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

Perhaps one of the most curious options of cactus, rebutia heliosa is typically a globular cactus that grows in dense clusters. As many as 20 individual stems, usually grey-green in colour, un-ribbed and covered in a mesh of fine white spines, might grow together. Translating to sun crown cactus, it is also known by the synonym aylostera heliosa. In summer it becomes awash with vivid red, orange or pink shades, with multiple blossoms emerging from thick tubes from between the stems and is completely covering them. The result is a ball of colour resembling the sun. Plant in pots with cactus compost in full sun and water regularly in summer and rarely in winter.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0.1
Spread [m]
  • 0.15
Dominant flower colour
  • Varies
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Early summer
  • Mid summer
  • Late summer
Foliage in spring
  • Grey-green
Foliage in summer
  • Grey-green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Grey-green
Foliage in winter
  • Grey-green
Propagation methods
  • seed
  • offsets
Growth habit
  • Clump-forming
Hardiness zone
  • Z12-15
Heat zone
  • H12-1
Heat days
  • 0 - 210
  • well-drained
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
Standard category
  • Cacti & succulents
  • Cacti
Grown for
  • Attractive flowers and habit
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • For Beginners
  • Colours
Garden type
  • Indoor or winter garden
Garden spaces
  • Flower beds
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 10 years