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

Ancistrocactus scheeri

Ancistrocactus scheeri (Salm-Dyck) Britton & Rose

Scheer's Fishhook Cactus

Cactaceae (Cactus Family)

Synonym(s): Echinocactus scheeri, Sclerocactus scheeri


USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Root Type: Tuberous
Fruit Type: Berry
Size Notes: Up to about 6 inches in height.

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


Record Modified: 2015-07-13
Research By: Joseph A. Marcus

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