Gymnocalycium monvillei

Gymnocalycium monvillei

Chin cactus

  • Botanical name: Gymnocalycium monvillei
  • Common name: Chin cactus
  • Family: Cactaceae
  • Plant Type: Cactus or succulent, House plant, Evergreen
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Gymnocalycium monvillei is a small, rounded, blue-green cactus with incurving spines and pale pink blooms that appear in spring and summer.


For best results, grow Gymnocalycium monvillei in a greenhouse or on a sunny windowsill. Water freely in summer and feed with a high potassium feed. Said to be hardy down to -5°C, but must be kept dry in winter to ensure survival.


Protect from the hottest summer sun, especially if grown under glass, to avoid sun scorch and stunted growth.

How to grow Gymnocalycium monvillei

  • Plant size

    10cm height

    15cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Sun exposure: Dappled shade
  • Hardiness: Frost hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy

Gymnocalycium monvillei and wildlife

Gymnocalycium monvillei has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Gymnocalycium monvillei poisonous?

Gymnocalycium monvillei has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

Plants that go well with Gymnocalycium monvillei

Echinocactus grusonii

Echinocactus grusonii

Golden barrel cactus