Echinocereus enneacanthus Engelm.
Pitaya, Strawberry cactus
Cactaceae (Cactus Family)
USDA Symbol: ecen2
The cylindrical stems of the strawberry cactus are 3–30 inches long and 1 1/2–4 inches in diameter. They grow in loose clusters of a few to as many as 100. New stems grow as side branches, near the ground, so their first growth tends to be lateral, later turning upward, giving them a long, curling appearance. There are 7–10 ribs on each stem. The plant is bright green with a wrinkled appearance, looking withered in dry periods. The stems are often yellow-green in sunny locations. The tubercles are about 1/8 inch in diameter and 1/4–1 1/2 inches apart on mature stems. This cactus has fewer spines and shows more plant surface than most cacti. The purplish-red flowers are 2–3 inches long and about the same in diameter. They have 10–20 outer petals with pinkish, crinkled edges. The inner petals, 12–35, are in 1–3 rows. Anthers on the stamens are yellow, and the pistil has 8–12 lobes like most other Echinocereus. The fruit is about 1 inch long, almost round, greenish to brown or purple.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Size Notes: Less than 1
Flower: Flowers 2-2 1/2 inches long
Size Class: 0-1 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Red , Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Apr , Jul
Bloom Notes: diurnal
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Heat Tolerant: yes
BenefitUse Ornamental: Blooms ornamental, Attractive, Desert landscape
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
PropagationPropagation Material: Seeds
BibliographyBibref 1140 - Cacti (1991) Clive Innes and Charles Glass
Bibref 355 - Landscaping with Native Plants of Texas and the Southwest (1991) Miller, G. O.
Bibref 248 - Texas Wildflowers: A Field Guide (1984) Loughmiller, C. & L. Loughmiller
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Echinocereus enneacanthus in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Echinocereus enneacanthus in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Echinocereus enneacanthus
MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-09-30
Research By: TWC Staff