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Hedgehog Cactus

Echinocereus spp.

Echinocereus viridiflorus by Michael Wolf (CC BY 2.5)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering
Tender

11b

USDA zone

7°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1m

Max

50cm

5cm

Min

5cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Hedgehog Cactus Overview

The genus Echinocereus contains approximately 55 perennial species, characterised by their spherical to columnar, ribbed stems and tendency to branch with age. They originate from Mexico and the USA in rocky environments. Flowers last a long time, are produced from inside spiny stems, and lead on to pear-shaped seed pods. Some species are tuberous. Flowers may be vibrant pink, red, orange and yellow and this genus is often preferentially cultivated due to its ease of care. Some species are cold-hardy and may survive temperatures as low as -23ºC, as long as they are kept dry.

Common problems with Hedgehog Cactus

How to propagate Hedgehog Cactus

Cuttings

Root stem cuttings in spring or summer.

Seed

Special features of Hedgehog Cactus

Attractive flowers

Other uses of Hedgehog Cactus

Grown for their attractive appearance.