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Marcus, Joseph A.
Sclerocactus scheeri (Salm-Dyck) N.P. Taylor
Scheer's fishhook cactus
Synonym(s): Ancistrocactus scheeri, Echinocactus scheeri
USDA Symbol: SCSC4
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Cactus/Succulent Root Type:
Tuberous Size Notes:
About 6 inches in height. Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Green
Bloom Time: Feb , Mar
Bloom Notes: The smallish flowers are mostly green with yellowish tint at the base of the inner petals. Flowers occasionally bear a hint of reddish hue.
DistributionUSA: TX Native Distribution:
Near the Rio Grande in South Texas and in northeasten Mexico. Native Habitat:
Tamaulipan scrub where the plant normally grows in the drip line of desert shrubs.
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil pH: Alkaline (pH>7.2)
Drought Tolerance: High
BenefitUse Wildlife: Nectar
source for bees. Conspicuous Flowers:
Butterflies Nectar Source:
Record Last Modified: 2009-04-08