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Family: (kak-TAY-see-ee) ( Cactaceae Info) Genus: (ek-in-oh-KAK-tus) ( Echinocactus Info) Species: (teck-SEN-sis) ( texensis Info) Synonym: Homalocephala texensis Synonym: Echinocactus lindheimeri 6 members have or want this plant for trade. Category: Cactus and Succulents Height: under 6 in. (15 cm) 6-12 in. (15-30 cm) Spacing: 6-9 in. (15-22 cm) 9-12 in. (22-30 cm) Hardiness: 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: Pale Pink Pink Rose/Mauve Red White/Near White Bloom Time: Mid Spring Foliage: Evergreen Blue-Green Shiny/Glossy-Textured 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 Seed Collecting: Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds Click thumbnail to view: By Xenomorf By Xenomorf By leeann6 By Xenomorf By Xenomorf By leeann6 By reeteeod
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No neutrals 1 negative Gardeners' Notes:
Negative bcturner On Dec 26, 2012, bcturner from Colorado City, TX wrote:
Dang thing grows everywhere, I'm tired of digging it up so it won't hurt the livestock.It hurts bigtime to step on too.
Positive radrex2 On Jun 17, 2010, radrex2 from Presto, PA wrote:
I have this cacti and it is called Homocephala texensis. It made it thru our first winter here in the 'burbs of Pittsburgh, PA USDA zone 6. I did nothing to protect it - wet soil and 4 feet of piled snow from the driveway during February storms.
Positive atajr On Mar 13, 2010, atajr from Detroit, MI wrote:
I live in Detroit,MI (USDA z6a). This plant has survived its first winter here. Although this winter has been a slight bit milder than usual, with a few minimums of just 3 above zero, I believe the plant could've taken an even slightly lower minimum than the lows endured this year. The only protection provided this plant...and I provide a similar form of protection on all my hardy desert plants..was a clear, thin plastic Victorian cloche. This prevents winds and our usual "winter wet" (snow, ice, cold rains, etc.) from touching the plant. The cloche went on October 1st, and will stay on until late April. Today is March 13th, the worst of winter has past, and the plant looks great.
Positive Xenomorf On Jun 13, 2004, Xenomorf from Valley of the Sun, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:
Flowers range from white thru light-pink to pink, with red throats. Another popular name for this plant is "Candy Cactus".
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
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Grenoble, Catalina Foothills, Arizona Phoenix, Arizona Bostonia, California Mountain View Acres, California Choudrant, Louisiana Detroit, Michigan La Luz, New Mexico Presto, Pennsylvania Brownsville, Texas Canyon Lake, Texas Colorado City, Texas Eagle Mountain, Texas Kermit, Texas Lometa, Texas Lubbock, Texas Medina, Texas Mico, Texas San Antonio, Texas Santa Anna, Texas Timberwood Park, Texas Windcrest, Texas