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Echinocereus stramineus

Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Echinocereus (ek-in-oh-KER-ee-us) (Info)
Species: stramineus (stram-IN-ee-us) (Info)

Synonym:Echinocereus stramineus subsp. stramineus
Synonym:Cereus stramineus
Synonym:Echinocereus enneacanthus var. stramineus

Edible Fruits and Nuts
Cactus and Succulents

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

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

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

Bloom Color:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Bloom Time:
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:
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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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Xenomorf On Nov 11, 2004, Xenomorf from Valley of the Sun, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

Edible fruit, has a flavor similar to strawberry's (just like Echinocereus engelmannii does).
5 inch vibrant magenta flowers with gold & green centers.
Forms very large clumps, sometimes up to 500 heads/stems.
The subspecies 'stramineus' is the most abundant in the southwestern US.
The subspecies 'occidentalis' is only in the wild in Durango Mexico, and blooms a month later than the 'stramineus' subspecies.


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

Chandler, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona
Alamogordo, New Mexico
Fort Worth, Texas

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