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PlantFiles: Echinopsis
Echinopsis 'Epic'

Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Echinopsis (ek-in-OP-sis) (Info)
Cultivar: Epic
Hybridized by B&B Cactus Farm


Cactus and Succulents

under 6 in. (15 cm)
6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 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)
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:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Fall


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
Wear gloves to protect hands when handling seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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No neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive cacti_lover On Jan 2, 2005, cacti_lover from Henderson, NV (Zone 9b) wrote:

This is a lovely plant that is easy to grow( as far as cacti go) and produces beautiful flowers. I bought this plant in Tucson, Arizona and it has done well here in the Las Vegas/ Henderson area. It has grown a foot in two years. It usually blooms in April to late June, but in 2004 this particular plant of mine blooms periodically from early May to October! The flowers are best when they occur in late spring. Summer blooms tend to be scortched by the intense sun in the desert. I water this plant once a week in the summer and once or twice a month in spring and fall. I don't water at all from November to the end of February. The water from rain storms is more than enough in the winter. I use any low nitrogen liquid fertilizer once a month during the growing season. The fertilizer is diluted to half or a third of what the label recommends and the first application is in March. Truly a wonderful landscaping plant.


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

Chandler, Arizona
Green Valley, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona
Henderson, Nevada

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