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Echinocereus viereckii subsp. morricalii

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Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Echinocereus (ek-in-oh-KER-ee-us) (Info)
Species: viereckii subsp. morricalii

Synonym:Echinocereus morricalii
Synonym:Echinocereus viereckii var. morricalii

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Category:
Cactus and Succulents

Height:
6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

Danger:
Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:
Unknown - Tell us

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From woody stem cuttings
Allow cut surface to callous over before planting
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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Profile:

1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive poeciliopsis On Feb 12, 2015, poeciliopsis from Phoenix, AZ wrote:

Central Phoenix -- The thornless subspecies morricalii of Echinocereus viereckii is an excellent plant. I started with one plant but now have many. Pieces that get broken off will root where they land if allowed to lay there long enough. But, each plant expands relatively slowly and is easily controlled. In my garden it prefers light shade, but can survive in heavy shade, although it doesn't bloom. My most vigorous plant gets full afternoon sun until about 4 pm and this plant blooms abundantly with intensely deep pink flowers. Most of my plants get once a month summer water, but I have a potted one that is watered only three or four times a year. It seems to be very frost tolerant and many of my plants get no winter protection and have survived down to 24 F for several nights with no damage.

Neutral Xenomorf On May 25, 2005, Xenomorf from Valley of the Sun, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

The "viereckii" subspecies has spines that are rarely longer than 1 inch and 6 to 9 tuberculate ribs.
The "huastecensis" subspecies has spines that are up to about 4 inches long and 8 to 13 ribs.
The "morricalii" subspecies is spineless or nearly spineless and has 6 or 7 non-tubercled ribs.

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Chandler, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona (2 reports)
Tucson, Arizona
Corona, California
Hesperia, California
Mission Viejo, California



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