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Echinocereus coccineus var. paucispinus (Engelm.) Ferguson
Scarlet hedgehog cactus, Claret Cup
USDA Symbol: ECCOP
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Clumping cylindrical cactus, pale green stems up to 16 inches long , 2-3 inches in diameter, erect or semi-prostrate; 5 to 8 warty ribs with narrow furrows. Funnel shaped red or orange-red flower, 2 inches long (5 cm), stigma with 7 lobes.
The showy orange-red flowers on this cactus occur in spring to early summer, and can be numerous on larger clumps. This species can handle full sun, but prefers protection from the western or late afternoon sun.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Red , Orange
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun
TX USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Drought Tolerance: High
Heat Tolerant: yes
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
- Austin, TX
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Record Modified: 2008-10-20
Research By: TWC Staff