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Loughmiller, Campbell and Lynn
Echinocereus pectinatus (Scheidw.) Engelm.
USDA Symbol: ecpe
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
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.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Cactus/Succulent Size Notes:
Globose or short cylindrical plants to 6in high, 2½-3¼in thick. Flower:
Flowers 2 1/2 to 3 1/4 inches across
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color:
White , Pink Bloom Time:
Jun , Jul , Aug Bloom Notes: diurnal
, 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
Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff