Echinocereus stramineus (Engelm.) F. Seitz
Strawberry hedgehog cactus, Pitaya
Cactaceae (Cactus Family)
Synonym(s): Echinocereus enneacanthus var. stramineus
USDA Symbol: ECST2
Pitaya has many large spines. It has 11–13 ribs with fairly deep furrows between them. They tend to cluster, sometimes forming large, compact clumps with 100 or more stems. These larger clumps are rounded, often 2–3 feet across and nearly as high. Stems are about 10 inches tall and 3 1/2 inches in diameter. The purple-red flowers are 4–5 inches tall and 3–4 inches across. They are dark red at the base, fading to rose at the tips. The inner petals are toothed. The 10–15 outer petals have pink edges.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Size Notes: 10 inches.
Flower: Deep pink to magenta, 4 inches across when fully open.
Size Class: 0-1 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Red , Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Jul
Bloom Notes: diurnal
DistributionUSA: NM , TX
Native Distribution: The Chihuahuan Desert - south New Mexico and the Big Bend area of west Texas.
Native Habitat: Sunny, gravely or rocky (limestone) slopes, up to 5,000 feet elevation.
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Conditions Comments: minimum temperature 50 F.
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Deer Resistant: High
Wildflower Center Seed BankLBJWC-PM-2 Collected 2006-07-29 in Presidio County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
BibliographyBibref 1140 - Cacti (1991) Clive Innes and Charles Glass
Bibref 248 - Texas Wildflowers: A Field Guide (1984) Loughmiller, C. & L. Loughmiller
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Echinocereus stramineus in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Echinocereus stramineus in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Echinocereus stramineus
MetadataRecord Modified: 2015-06-25
Research By: TWC Staff