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Echinocereus pentalophus (DC.) Lem.
Ladyfinger cactus, Alicoche, Dog Tail
USDA Symbol: ECPE2
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
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)
TX Native Distribution:
Texas and East-central Mexico Native Habitat:
scrub and grassy, rocky plains. USDA Native Status: L48(N)
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
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Record Modified: 2012-06-26