Claret cup, Hedgehog cactus, Kingcup cactus, Mojave mound
USDA Symbol: ECTR
USDA Native Status:
One of the most attractive hedgehog cacti is the claret cup, which grows in clumps as much as 3–4 feet across but usually smaller. The bright red-orange flowers often cover the whole plant, which is cylindrical and low-growing, often hugging up against some larger plant. The numerous flowers grow at the top of the stems, all about the same height, giving a full view of all the flowers at one glance. They last for several days. The flowers vary slightly in color as a result of soil type or genetic differences.
Among the most beautiful cacti; large plants with many stems in full flower make breathtaking mounds of scarlet. Stems are highly variable, often with two strikingly different forms growing in the same area.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Size Notes: Stems may reach 10 inches in length and 4 inches in diameter.
Flower: Flowers up to 3 inches in diameter.
Fruit: Red 1 inch
Size Class: 0-1 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Red , Orange
Bloom Time: Apr , May
DistributionUSA: AZ , CA , CO , NM , NV , TX , UT
Native Distribution: Se. California; east to s. Utah, c. Colorado, and w. Texas; south into n. Mexico.
Native Habitat: Rocky desert slopes, or dry woodland in mountains.
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Drought Tolerance: High
Heat Tolerant: yes
Soil Description: They favor, but are not restricted to, soils of volcanic origins.
PropagationPropagation Material: Seeds
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From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA
NPSOT - Fredericksburg Chapter - Fredericksburg, TX
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
BibliographyBibref 1141 - Cactuses of Big Bend National Park (1998) Evans, Douglas B.
Bibref 355 - Landscaping with Native Plants of Texas and the Southwest (1991) Miller, G. O.
Bibref 995 - Native Landscaping from El Paso to L.A. (2000) Wasowski, S. and A. Wasowski
Bibref 248 - Texas Wildflowers: A Field Guide (1984) Loughmiller, C. & L. Loughmiller
Bibref 286 - Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country (1989) Enquist, M.
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Echinocereus triglochidiatus in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Echinocereus triglochidiatus in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Echinocereus triglochidiatus
MetadataRecord Modified: 2011-01-07
Research By: TWC Staff