Gymnocalycium paraguayense

Gymnocalycium paraguayense

Chin cactus

  • Botanical name: Gymnocalycium paraguayense
  • Common name: Chin cactus
  • Family: Cactaceae
  • Plant Type: Cactus or succulent, House plant, Evergreen
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Gymnocalycium paraguayense is a rounded, dark green cactus. Unusually, its spines are flattened against the the body of the cactus, making them practically harmless. It produces creamy white flowers that are 7cm wide in spring and summer. The species is known to be highly variable – for example some have relatively short spines, while others have longer spines that overlap each other more.


Gymnocalycium paraguayense is very easy to grow on a sunny windowsill or greenhouse. Water freely in summer and feed with a high potassium feed.

How to grow Gymnocalycium paraguayense

  • Plant size

    10cm height

    15cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Sun exposure: Dappled shade, full sun
  • Hardiness: Tender
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy

Gymnocalycium paraguayense and wildlife

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

Is Gymnocalycium paraguayense poisonous?

Gymnocalycium paraguayense 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 paraguayense