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Sclerocactus scheeri (Scheer's fishhook cactus)
Marcus, Joseph A.

Sclerocactus scheeri

Sclerocactus scheeri (Salm-Dyck) N.P. Taylor

Scheer's fishhook cactus

Cactaceae (Cactus Family)

Synonym(s): Ancistrocactus scheeri, Echinocactus scheeri

USDA Symbol: SCSC4

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Root Type: Tuberous
Size Notes: About 6 inches in height.
Size Class: 0-1 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom 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.


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 Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil pH: Alkaline (pH>7.2)
Drought Tolerance: High


Use Wildlife: Nectar source for bees.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Attracts: Butterflies
Nectar Source: yes

Additional resources

USDA: Find Sclerocactus scheeri in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Sclerocactus scheeri in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Sclerocactus scheeri


Record Last Modified: 2009-04-08
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