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Echinocereus viridiflorus var. cylindricus (Green-flowered hedgehog cactus)
Anderson, Wynn

Echinocereus viridiflorus var. cylindricus

Echinocereus viridiflorus Engelm. var. cylindricus (Engelm.) Rümpler

Green-flowered Hedgehog Cactus, Green-flowered Hedgehog, Nylon Hedgehog Cactus, Nylon Hedgehog

Cactaceae (Cactus Family)

Synonym(s): Cereus viridiflorus var. cylindricus, Echinocereus chloranthus var. cylindricus, Echinocereus viridiflorus ssp. cylindricus


USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

The Green-flowered hedgehog cactus grows singly, never in clusters or mounds, and is sometimes as much as 3 inches in diameter and 8 inches tall. The flowers are about 1 inch long and 1 inch broad, smaller than others in this genus. They vary from yellowish-green to brownish, and grow well down on the sides, often forming a band around the middle. The fruit is small and spiny.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Size Notes: Less than 1'
Size Class: 0-1 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Red , Orange
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May



Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Heat Tolerant: yes


Use Ornamental: Attractive, Blooms ornamental, Desert landscape
Conspicuous Flowers: yes


Bibref 248 - Texas Wildflowers: A Field Guide (1984) Loughmiller, C. & L. Loughmiller

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Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2019-06-10
Research By: TWC Staff

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