Hardiness: 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
Danger: Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling
Bloom Color: Pink Violet/Lavender White/Near White
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: Non-patented
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
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.
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.
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:
, Catalina Foothills, Arizona Goodyear, Arizona Mesa, Arizona Phoenix, Arizona Sun Lakes, Arizona Tucson, Arizona Los Angeles, California Riverside, California Santa Rosa, California La Vergne, Tennessee Grape Creek, Texas