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PlantFiles: Lady Finger Cactus
Echinocereus pentalophus

Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Echinocereus (ek-in-oh-KER-ee-us) (Info)
Species: pentalophus (pen-ta-LOH-fus) (Info)

Synonym:Cereus pentalophus
Synonym:Cereus pentalophus var. leptacanthus
Synonym:Echinocereus leptacanthus
Synonym:Echinocereus pentalophus subsp. pentalophus

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Cactus and Succulents

under 6 in. (15 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)
6-9 in. (15-22 cm)
9-12 in. (22-30 cm)
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

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

Bloom Color:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring


Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
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:

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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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral frostweed On Sep 1, 2006, frostweed from Josephine, Arlington, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Echinocereus pentalophus is Endemic to Texas.

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

The 'pentalophus' subspecies has stem that can be either prostrate or erect having 3 to 5 ribs and 3 to 7 spines per areole. It is the most common. The stems are slightly thicker and lighter green than the subspecies 'procumbens'.
The 'leonensis' subspecies has erect stems with 6 to 8 ribs and up to 9 spines per areole and is thicker than the other subspecies..
The 'procumbens' subspecies has stems that are semi-prostrate and thinnest of all the subspecies; a deeper green in color; with 4 to 5 ribs and 5 to 7 spines per areole.
The flowers on all subspecies are Bright pink & magenta with white or yellow throats.

Positive cacti_lover On Feb 9, 2005, cacti_lover from Henderson, NV (Zone 9b) wrote:

This cactus is from southern Texas to norhteastern Mexico. The five-ribbed stems are about one inch thick and tend to creep as they aged. Good for hanging baskets. Bright pink flowers are 4" across with yellow throat and anthers, and green stigma. Hardy to about 20F.


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

Chandler, Arizona
Green Valley, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona
Queen Creek, Arizona
Clovis, California
Los Angeles, California
Redding, California
San Marino, California
Lutz, Florida
Henderson, Nevada
Harlingen, Texas

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