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Flaigg, Norman G.
Echinocereus reichenbachii (Terscheck ex Walp.) hort ex Haage
Lace Cactus, Lace hedgehog cactus, Órgano-pequeño de colores
, Purple candle
USDA Symbol: ECRE
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
Like other cylindrical cacti, lace cactus starts out as a sphere and gradually evolves its cylindrical form as it matures. This little plant rarely grows taller than 8 inches and is 2–3 inches across. The outer spines vary from 12 to 36 and are flattened against the stem. The central spines vary from none to 6 and project outward. The flowers are brilliant purple or rose-pink, 2–5 inches tall and almost as wide. There are 30–50 petals with ragged edges, sometimes notched. The base of the petals is usually reddish-brown. Stamens are cream-colored to yellow, and the pistil has many dark-green lobes, varying in number with each flower.
Lace cactus is unpredictable in its development, one plant forming a single stem, while its neighbor may branch out and form a dozen or more. It has 10–20 narrow ribs.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Cactus/Succulent Leaf Retention: Evergreen Size Notes:
3-8 inches tall. Flower:
Pink or purple, with red centers and a satin-like sheen. Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: May
, TX Native Distribution:
Southeast Colorado, southwest Kansas, west Oklahoma, east New Mexico, north, central and south Texas. Native Habitat:
Chihuahuan Desert grassland, scrubland, oak/pine woods.
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Cold Tolerant: yes
Heat Tolerant: yes
Soil Description: well drained gravelly clay, rock outcropping with soil pockets, caliche
BenefitUse Ornamental: Attractive, Blooms ornamental, Desert landscape
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Interesting Foliage: yes
Deer Resistant: High
PropagationPropagation Material: Seeds
Seed Collection: Collect seed when fruits start to dry and shrivel.
Commercially Avail: yes
From the National Suppliers Directory
According to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:
- Briggs, TX
Wildflower Center Seed BankLBJWC-PS-1
Collected 2009-05-26 in Travis County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Record Last Modified: 2007-10-01
Research By: TWC Staff