2019 55¢ Cactus Flower (Rebutia minuscula)
Value: 55¢ 1-ounce First-class rate (Forever)
Issue Date: February 15, 2019
First Day City: Mesa, AZ
Type of Stamp: Definitive
Printed by: Banknote Corporation of America
Printing Method: Offset
Format: Double-sided booklet of 20
Quantity Printed: 400,000,000
When most people think of cacti, they picture a hot, sunny desert with little water or shade. But there are actually some species of cactus that live in more hospitable regions. One of these is the fire crown cactus (Rebutia minuscula).
Like others in the genus Rebutia, the fire crown cactus is native to the high altitudes of the Andes mountains between Bolivia and Argentina. They are small cacti that form in clusters of two- to three-inch round plants. Each has 16-20 ribs with small bumps. The fire crown cactus produces bright red flowers in late spring. These bloom from the base of the plant and create the illusion of a beautiful "crown" around the cactus. The flowers are quite large in relation to the cactus, making them really stand out. This species also rapidly reproduces. As time passes, more plants cluster together. This makes them appear even more impressive when the cacti flower.
One of the best parts of Rebutia cacti is they can easily be grown indoors. They stay small, require less light than regular desert cacti, and can tolerate cooler temperatures. This means many more people can enjoy keeping cacti in their homes and all the beauty and enjoyment they bring.