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Echinocereus engelmannii

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Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Echinocereus (ek-in-oh-KER-ee-us) (Info)
Species: engelmannii (en-gel-MAH-nee-eye) (Info)

Synonym:Echinocereus engelmannii var. engelmannii
Synonym:Cereus engelmannii
Synonym:Echinocereus engelmannii subsp. engelmannii

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Category:
Cactus and Succulents

Height:
under 6 in. (15 cm)
6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

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

Bloom Color:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)
Fuchsia (Red-Purple)

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:
Succulent

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:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
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
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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive bmcdanel On Apr 18, 2011, bmcdanel from Lawton, OK wrote:

Every plant in my desert garden is an experiment. The Oklahoma winter determines the success of a given plant. This one survived one night of subzero temperatures and a prolonged period of subfreezing weather. So, it is fairly hardy.

Positive Xenomorf On Oct 13, 2004, Xenomorf from Valley of the Sun, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

Other common names are 'Indian Strawberry Cactus', 'Munz's Hedgehog', 'Needle-spine Hedgehog', 'Purple-spined Hedgehog' & 'Varied-spine Hedgehog'.
There have been 9 recognized varieties having a wide variance of color schemes of the spines. but 'var. nicholii' was reclassified as a separate species. The reamaining 8 varieties are still undergoing scrutiny as to determine taxonomic status.
The varieties are: acicularis, armatus, chrysocentrus, engelmannii, howei, munzii, purpureus & variegatus.

I've seen this growing in the wild on the 'El Camino Del Diablo Trail' (Devils' Highway) that runs between Ajo and Wellton in Arizona through the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge.

Regional...

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

Ajo, Arizona
Maricopa, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona
Salome, Arizona
Tonto Basin, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona
Wellton, Arizona
, California
Bostonia, California
Hesperia, California
La Presa, California
La Luz, New Mexico
Lawton, Oklahoma



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