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Echinocereus viridiflorus Engelm.
Green Pitaya, Nylon hedgehog cactus
USDA Symbol: ECVI2
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
A small cactus with 1 cylindrical stem or several in a clump and yellowish-green or magenta flowers.
Pitaya (pronounced pee-tah-yah) is the phonetic spelling of the original Spanish name Pitahaya, a name given to species of Echinocereus but more broadly applied to a number of cacti that produce sweet, edible fruit.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Cactus/Succulent Size Notes:
Globular stems to 3in long, 3/4-2in thick, and 13-15 ribs. Flower:
Flowers up to 1 inch long and scross.
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow , Green
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug
Bloom Notes: Diurnal flowering.
CO , KS , NE , NM , OK , SD , TX , WY Native Distribution:
Southeastern Wyoming and western South Dakota south to eastern New Mexico and western Texas. Native Habitat:
Dry plains and hills. USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Drought Tolerance: High
Conditions Comments: Minimum temperature 50 F.
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff