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Echinocereus



An Echinocereus rigidissimus ssp. rubrispinus flowering in my garden



     Ranging over a wide area of the southern U.S. and Mexico, Echinocereus consists of 50 or so species of beautiful cacti. Varying in shape from pendant trailing stems to low spiny mounds, some are commonly called "Hedgehog Cacti". Encompassing nearly every color in the rainbow, Echinocereus produce some of the most stunning flowers in the cacti family. With several species the colors of the spines are nearly as spectacular.
     . Potted Echinocereus grow well in a standard cacti mix. In my climate at least they grow just fine in plain old desert dirt when used in the landscape. Like most cacti they should be watered moderately when actively growing and sparingly in winter. Water only enough to keep the stems from shriveling at this time. In my experience the pendant stemmed types need a little more than the others. In spring a half strength tomato type fertilizer can encourage flowering. Most Echinocereus are propagated from seed but cuttings root easily with the thin stemmed types. And clumping species can sometimes be divided.

I have several species
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Echinocereus
rigidissimus

Echinocereus
pentalophus

Echinocereus
viridiflorus

Echinocereus dasyacanthus
var. rectispinus

Echinocereus
nivosus

Echinocereus viereckii
ssp. morricalii

Echinocereus
subinermis

Echinocereus
fasciculatus

Echinocereus reichenbachii
var. albispinus

Echinocereus
pamanesiorum

Echinocereus lloydii
x pectinatus

Echinocereus
engelmannii

Echinocereus
websterianus

Echinocereus
brandegeei

Echinocereus viridiflorus
var davisii

Echinocereus
nicholii

Echinocereus scheeri
ssp. gentryi

Echinocereus
pulchellus

Echinocereus viridiflorus
var. canus
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