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Loughmiller, Campbell and Lynn
Echinocereus stramineus (Engelm.) F. Seitz
Strawberry hedgehog cactus
USDA Symbol: ecst2
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Pitaya has many large spines. It has 11–13 ribs with fairly deep furrows between them. They tend to cluster, sometimes forming large, compact clumps with 100 or more stems. These larger clumps are rounded, often 2–3 feet across and nearly as high. Stems are about 10 inches tall and 3 1/2 inches in diameter. The purple-red flowers are 4–5 inches tall and 3–4 inches across. They are dark red at the base, fading to rose at the tips. The inner petals are toothed. The 10–15 outer petals have pink edges.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Cactus/Succulent Size Notes:
10 inches. Flower:
Flowers funnel-shaped Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Red , Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Jul
Bloom Notes: diurnal
NM , TX USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Conditions Comments: minimum temperature 50 F.
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Deer Resistant: High
Wildflower Center Seed BankLBJWC-PM-2
Collected 2010-07-26 in Presidio County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
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Record Modified: 2007-09-30
Research By: TWC Staff