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Echinocereus pentalophus (DC.) Lem.
Ladyfinger cactus, Alicoche, Dog Tail
USDA Symbol: ECPE2
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
Echinocereus pentalophus is primarily a Mexican species, but its range extends to far south Texas, along the coast around Brownsville, inland along the Rio Grande to McAllen and north towards Corpus Christi. The narrow green stems, one inch or less in diameter, have 5 (sometimes 4) ribs, with evenly-spaced clusters of 4 to 7 short white or yellowish spines, one of which is a little longer and more central. The plant branches profusely, the stems growing sideways along or close to the ground, becoming several feet long, and they produce many large pink flowers - sometimes nearly 6 inches across, in late spring, followed by green fruits. There are several varieties (in Mexico) which have shorter, more upright stems.
Description provided courtesy of The American Southwest.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Cactus/Succulent Leaf Retention: Semi-evergreen Breeding System:
Flowers Bisexual Inflorescence:
Terminal Size Notes:
Less than 1 Flower:
Flowers 3 to 5 inches (7-12 cm)
Green with white pulp. Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: Apr , May
Bloom Notes: The magenta flowers have white throats and only occur for a short period in spring. Although the display lasts only a week or two, the profusion of pink flowers is extremely striking. The flowers are 3 to 5 inches long (7-12 cm)
DistributionUSA: TX Native Distribution:
Texas and East-central Mexico Native Habitat:
scrub and grassy, rocky plains.
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Drought Tolerance: High
Heat Tolerant: yes
Soil Description: Fine soils.
BenefitUse Ornamental: Cactus or xeric plant garden.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Deer Resistant: Moderate
PropagationPropagation Material: Seeds , Softwood Cuttings
Seed Treatment: Sow on surface
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:
NPSOT - Fredericksburg Chapter
- Fredericksburg, TX
Wildflower Center Seed BankLBJWC-1273
Collected 2013-05-20 in Hidalgo County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Record Last Modified: 2013-07-01