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Echinocactus texensis

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Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Echinocactus (ek-in-oh-KAK-tus) (Info)
Species: texensis (teck-SEN-sis) (Info)

Synonym:Homalocephala texensis
Synonym:Echinocactus lindheimeri

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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

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3 positives
No neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
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".

Regional...

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

, (2 reports)
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
Lipan, Texas
Lometa, Texas
Lubbock, Texas
Medina, Texas
Mico, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Santa Anna, Texas
Santo, Texas
Timberwood Park, Texas
Windcrest, Texas



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