USDA Symbol: ecpe
USDA Native Status:
A low, cylindrical cactus girdled from top to bottom by bands of colorful spines, pink, gray, pale yellow, brown, or white; flowers pink, rose, lavender, or yellow.
The banded colors of spines explain the name Rainbow Cactus. The strikingly beautiful flowers seem far too large for the plant.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Size Notes: Globose or short cylindrical plants to 6in high, 2½-3¼in thick.
Flower: Flowers 2 1/2 to 3 1/4 inches across
Size Class: 0-1 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug
Bloom Notes: diurnal
DistributionUSA: AZ , NM , TX
Native Distribution: Central and southern Arizona east to western Texas and south to northern Mexico.
Native Habitat: Rocky slopes and flats, commonly on limestone.
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
BibliographyBibref 1140 - Cacti (1991) Clive Innes and Charles Glass
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Echinocereus pectinatus in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Echinocereus pectinatus in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Echinocereus pectinatus
MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff