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PlantFiles: Easter Lily Cactus
Echinopsis oxygona

Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Echinopsis (ek-in-OP-sis) (Info)
Species: oxygona (ok-SY-goh-nuh) (Info)

Synonym:Echinopsis adolfofriedrichii
Synonym:Echinopsis derenbergii
Synonym:Echinopsis eyriesii
Synonym:Echinopsis multiplex
Synonym:Echinopsis tubiflora

11 members have or want this plant for trade.

Cactus and Succulents

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

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
Light Shade

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

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer

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Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
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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8 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive SuccieFan2014 On Nov 13, 2014, SuccieFan2014 from Perth
Australia wrote:

I have been growing mine in Western Australia, just in pots of sand, and a dose of liquid fertilizer about once per year (probably needs more!!??) Mine flower around October/November each year. When the flower first opens it has a gorgeous subtle fragrance, and within a day, the flower dies. I have upoaded photos :-D
These are very hardy - I love them!!

Positive 1077011947 On Mar 13, 2014, 1077011947 from Greer, SC wrote:

IT is much hardier than rated. My neighbor has a very large one that blooms profusely and stays outside 365 days a year. IT went thru 5F this winter, zero damage. IT is in large pot on porch stoop roofless. FACING WEST. This is in Greer, SC.

Positive zzwerzy On Jul 29, 2010, zzwerzy from Santa Rosa, CA wrote:

Have posted a time-lapse video of E. oxygona in bloom. Search "Desert Dance zzwerzy" at YouTube. Thanks to Dave's Garden for help identifying it!

In confirmation of earlier comment: Yes, the blooms have a fine, faint, sweet aroma with complex undertones.

Neutral Xenomorf On Oct 16, 2009, Xenomorf from Valley of the Sun, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

More synonyms of this plant are:
Echinopsis turbinata
Cereus turbinatus
Echinopsis pudantii
Echinopsis eyriesii var. pudantii
Echinopsis schwantesii
Echinopsis paraguayensis
Cereus eyriesii
Cereus tubiflorus
Echinocactus tubiflorus
Echinocactus eyriesii
Cereus multiplex
Cereus oxygonus
Cereus adolfofriedrichii

Positive msironi On Jul 2, 2007, msironi from Los Angeles, CA wrote:

The only thing I have to add is that the flowers, though short lived, are very subtly fragrant. I wonder if others have had this same experience.

Positive promethean_spar On Sep 28, 2006, promethean_spar from Union City, CA wrote:

I've had one of these for about 10 years, it's now a 20" diameter cluster with about 20 heads. It handled several winters in Davis, CA, including some light snow, so it is at least good for all of zone 9.

Water tends to pool in their growth point, so they should be watered at the base and kept out of winter rains or they may rot. This happened to mine and I figured the mother plant would stop growing and just kick out babies, but the growth point actually re-generated in the calous and kept going.

This species is much nicer than the regular easter lilly cactus, Echinopsis oxygona, IMO.

Positive DaveN22 On Aug 29, 2006, DaveN22 from London
United Kingdom wrote:

Much hardier than this site suggests. It can come through a cold, wet UK winter without any protection, and survive frequent frosts (down to -3.9C last winter, and 10 or more nights below -2C).

Positive phrostyphish On Aug 17, 2006, phrostyphish from Tuscaloosa, AL wrote:

I live in central Alabama, and have grown these for around fifteen years. They've stayed on the east side of my house, on the edge of our carport. Receiving full sun in the morning and partial sun for the rest of the day, these cacti have thrived. Reading that they're hardy from about zone 10 southward, I laugh... these stayed outside all winter. Heck, they've never been brought indoors.

I've done nothing special - no fertilizing, no regular watering... heck, I mostly forgot about them until a friend wanted some and I ended up dividing one of the larger specimens. A few babies fell off during the process, so I just stuck them in some old pots with even older dirt.

That was back in March... it's now August here, and I've got my first blooms in fifteen years... only on one, but it's still a thrill to me. I never thought anything about them blooming until now. Picture is uploaded.

Positive nrgxtc On Jul 22, 2004, nrgxtc from San Clemente, CA wrote:

Amazing beautiful flowers. They attract humming birds initially but I've never seen a humming bird come back for a second glance. In Redding, they bloom at night and last only about 24hours but in San Clemente, they last for about 3 days. They also bloom in SC from Easter time through late summer. If you let the blooms fall off on their own, you'll have more babies. If you don't take the babies off after they're a few years old, eventually, they suffocate the "Mother" plant. Some of my babies are about the size of romaine tomatoes and they still get full size blooms....Amazing!


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

Chandler, Arizona
Goodyear, Arizona
Mesa, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona (2 reports)
Tucson, Arizona (3 reports)
Brentwood, California
Los Angeles, California
Riverside, California
Santa Rosa, California
Simpsonville, South Carolina
La Vergne, Tennessee
San Angelo, Texas

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