This is a very special and rare cactus specimen. It is a chimera of Gymnocalycium Mihanovichii and Myrtillocactus Geometrizans. Whereas a hybrid is a genetic cross of two species in the same genus, a chimera is a blend of two species in totally different genera. You might compare it to this: A hybrid would be like crossing a dog and a wolf, but a chimera is like crossing a dog and a cat. You hardly ever see chimera cacti for sale. Gymnocalycium Mihanovichii is a colorful cactus that is devoid of chlorophyll, which relies on a stock plant to live. It’s colors give these specimens an almost variegated rainbow appearance that is unique to this cross. The chimera is grafted to a blue myrtle stock.
Blue Myrtle is a columnar cactus native to Mexico that may reach twenty feet in the wild. This species is prized as an ornamental and a grafting stock for slower growing cacti such as astrophytum, ariocarpus and lophophora. As the name indicates, Myrtle has a bluish-green stem, and its spines are small like those of San Pedro cactus. This makes it much easier to handle. This species is hardy to about zone 9. Elsewhere, it must be brought in for the winter. Blue myrtle blooms in late march with several greenish-white flowers per areole. Following the flowers are edible fruits that resemble blueberries. This plant may be shipped bare root.
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**Buyer is responsible for frozen plants. USPS is heated, so the plant will be fine unless you leave it at your door too long. But if you are in a cold area and cannot get the plant right away, signature confirmation can be added to the shipping cost. They will hold the plant until you pick it up.