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PlantFiles: Echinopsis Hybrid, Trichocereus Hybrid
Echinopsis 'Flying Saucer'

Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Echinopsis (ek-in-OP-sis) (Info)
Cultivar: Flying Saucer
Hybridized by Britsch


4 members have or want this plant for trade.

Cactus and Succulents

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 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:
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade

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

Bloom Color:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer


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

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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5 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Snowball2 On Oct 16, 2013, Snowball2 from St George, UT wrote:

This is the first season. Prolific bloomer. Transplanted from container to ground (red rock acidic soil) . No blooms after late June. In ground drip irrigation, and additional weekly soaking. I was away for 5 weeks (mid July to late Aug. the hottest time of the year 105+F ) and it only received drip watering. It was thick and full when I left and returned to a much thinner plant ! It has swelled again.
I wonder how hardy these cacti are. I was told to cover it and put a light bulb under the cover on cold nights. Just how cold I wonder? Our Oct. nights currently in St. George are mid 40's F.

Positive palmbob On Apr 10, 2012, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

One of the most spectacular and reliable bloomers I have grown. Plant itself is rather large and quickly topples over under its own weight (rec: support this one). Flowers are enormous and photos rarely do this one justice. In my garden in southern California these open up in the morning, last all day and fade later the second day. Fortunately my plant blooms over a period of about two weeks, so not all the blooms come at once. Still, way to ephemeral for me!

Positive ntehawk On Apr 17, 2009, ntehawk from Las Vegas, NV wrote:

7 years ago, these cacti were found thrown away to the side of the highway near Sedona, Arizona. A friend gave me two, which were approximately 2 inches in diameter at that time, and now, there are seven Echinopsis. I planted them in desert soil (Las Vegas, Nevada), in a partially shaded and protected area in my garden which faces east. They are on drip irrigation and are watered daily. I just love these little guys!

Positive cacti_lover On Apr 8, 2005, cacti_lover from Henderson, NV (Zone 9b) wrote:

Stunning flowers are 7"-8" across, but usually last for only one day. They open in the evening.

Positive Xenomorf On Sep 3, 2004, Xenomorf from Valley of the Sun, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

Hybridized by Hans Britsch of Western Cactus Enterprises. Introduced by Western Cactus Enterprises


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

Chandler, Arizona (2 reports)
Green Valley, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona (2 reports)
Tucson, Arizona
Reseda, California
Riverside, California
San Leandro, California
Henderson, Nevada
Las Vegas, Nevada (2 reports)
Kermit, Texas
Saint George, Utah

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