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PlantFiles: Lace Cactus
Echinocereus reichenbachii

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Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Echinocereus (ek-in-oh-KER-ee-us) (Info)
Species: reichenbachii (ry-ken-BAHK-ee-eye) (Info)

Synonym:Echinocereus reichenbachii subsp. reichenbachii
Synonym:Echinocereus caespitosus
Synonym:Echinocereus mariae
Synonym:Echinocereus purpureus
Synonym:Echinocereus texensis

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Category:
Cactus and Succulents

Height:
6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:
3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
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

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

Bloom Color:
Pink

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring

Foliage:
Succulent

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

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:
From seed; direct sow after last frost
From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds

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4 positives
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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive Xenomorf On May 11, 2005, Xenomorf from Valley of the Sun, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

Other synonyms for the species and 'reichenbachii' subspecies are: Mammillaria caespitosa, Echinocereus pailanus, Echinocereus caespitosus, Echinocereus reichenbachii subsp. caespitosus, Echinocereus pectinatus, Echinocereus baileyi var. albispinus, Echinocereus reichenbachii var. albispinus, Echinocereus pectinata, Echinocereus caespitosus var. reichenbachii, Echinocereus pectinatus var. reichenbachii, Cereus caespitosus, Cereus reichenbachianus

The 'reichenbachii' subspecies has nicely scented and brilliant pink blooms. It has zero central spines and 18 to 30 or more radial spines per areole which are almost linear.
The 'armatus' subspecies has scented pinkk flowers near the stem top. It has 1 or 2 central spines and up to 23 radial spines per areole wich are linear-elliptical.
The 'baileyi' subspecies has scented pinkk flowers near the stem top. It has 1 to 3 central spines and up to 14 radial spines per areole which arenarrow and elliptical
The 'fitchii' subspecies used to be a variety, but has now joined the ranks of a subspecies. It has violet flowers with deep a red throat. The stems only get to about 6 inches tall instead of 16 inches like the 3 previous subspecies . This subspecies is listed on the endangered and protected list. It has 1 to 7 central spines and up to 22 radial spines on elliptical areoles.
The 'perbellus' subspecies has purple flowers with hairy areoles on the floral tube. The stems will only reach a height of about 2 to 4 inches tall. It has zero or 1 central spine and less than 20 radial spines on elliptical areoles.
All subspecies will either grow solitary stems or clump to as many 12 stems.

Positive dave On Nov 21, 2004, dave wrote:

A very attractive little tiny guy!! I found a colony growing wild on my property in Hunt, literally growing right through solid rock!

Positive QueenB On Nov 3, 2004, QueenB from Shepherd, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

It's been in place for almost a year now in a sandy clay mix in my Agave bed. Frost didn't seem to bother it at all.

Positive GiaVette On May 27, 2003, GiaVette from Minneola, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

I am growing this plant in full sun in zone 9b with no problems so far. After flowering this year, it has put on an inch of new growth.

Regional...

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

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Peoria, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona (2 reports)
Oak View, California
Clermont, Florida
Sparks, Nevada
Roswell, New Mexico
Norwood, Pennsylvania
Springdale, Pennsylvania
Arlington, Texas
Austin, Texas
Dripping Springs, Texas
Hondo, Texas
Hunt, Texas
Portland, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Shepherd, Texas



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