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Echinocereus reichenbachii ssp. reichenbachii (Lace hedgehog cactus)
Marcus, Joseph A.

Echinocereus reichenbachii ssp. reichenbachii

Echinocereus reichenbachii (Terscheck ex Walp.) hort ex Haage ssp. reichenbachii

Lace Hedgehog Cactus, Lace Cactus

Cactaceae (Cactus Family)

Synonym(s): Echinocereus caespitosus, Echinocereus caespitosus var. minor, Echinocereus caespitosus var. purpureus, Echinocereus reichenbachii var. reichenbachii


USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Fruit Type: Berry
Size Notes: Up to about 16 inches tall, often shorter.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Red , Pink , Green
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun



Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Conditions Comments: Spectacular flowers in spring and nice tidy "lacey" white spines make lace cactus a nice plant in a cactus garden or in a pot. Often found growing in dense colonies throughout Texas. Be careful not let it get smothered by other plants. Must have good drainage.


Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Interesting Foliage: yes
Deer Resistant: Moderate

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.

Additional resources

USDA: Find Echinocereus reichenbachii ssp. reichenbachii in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Echinocereus reichenbachii ssp. reichenbachii in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Echinocereus reichenbachii ssp. reichenbachii


Record Modified: 2023-02-07
Research By: TWC Staff

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