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Echinocactus texensis

 
Synonym(s) Homalocephala texensis
Common name horse crippler cactus; devil's head; chisos hedgehog
Family cactaceae
Life cycle perennial
Flowers red
Size 2"
Light sun
Cultural notes well-drained soil; drought-tolerant

Squat cactus, growing only 2 inches tall and 12 inches around, whose ridges are lined with mean spines – its common names speak to their potency. Salmon-red flowers with feather-edged petals appear through the warmer months, opening during daytime. Native from Oklahoma through northern Mexico, where it grows in deserts and scrubby grassland.

We're just trying this plant for the first time this year; it hasn't found a permanent place in our gardens yet. (click here for a full list)

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from NARGS '19/'20 exchange. Baggy 70F (50%G, 9-19d)


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