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Hedgehog cactus or Echinocereus is a genus of ribbed, usually small to medium-sized cylindrical cacti, comprising about 70 species native to the southern United States and Mexico in very sunny rocky places. Usually the flowers are large and the fruit edible.Echinocereus are bushy and globular with tight spines which are often colorful and decorative. The flowers last slightly longer than other those of other cacti.Echinocereus is easier to culture than other cacti. They need a light soil, a sunny exposure, a fresh and dry winter to flower. They like a soil slightly richer than other cacti.
In the wild, several of the species are cold-hardy, tolerating temperatures as low as -23-C but only in dry conditions. Sometimes, they shrink in winter but they look fine again with first waterings in the first sunny days.This one seen at the desert botanical Garden in Phoenix AZ seemed to just light up the surrounding plants with its enticing blooms.
April 7th, 2013
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