Echinocereus viridiflorus Engelm.
Green Pitaya, Nylon hedgehog cactus
Cactaceae (Cactus Family)
USDA Symbol: ECVI2
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.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Size Notes: Globular stems to 3in long, 3/4-2in thick, and 13-15 ribs.
Flower: Flowers up to 1 inch long and scross.
Size Class: 0-1 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow , Green
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug
Bloom Notes: Diurnal flowering.
DistributionUSA: 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.
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Drought Tolerance: High
Conditions Comments: Minimum temperature 50 F.
BibliographyBibref 1140 - Cacti (1991) Clive Innes and Charles Glass
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Echinocereus viridiflorus in USDA Plants
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MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff