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Echinocactus texensis

Echinocactus texensis
Spring of its second year, still tiny

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. So far, it's been very slow-growing for us, reaching no more than about 1/4 inch around in its first full year after it grew from seed.

In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: Houston rock garden

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from NARGS '19/'20 exchange. Baggy 70F (50%G, 9-19d)
  2. Same seed as above. Baggy 70F with light (18%G, 24-52d)

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