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PlantFiles: Echinopsis
Echinopsis ancistrophora

Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Echinopsis (ek-in-OP-sis) (Info)
Species: ancistrophora (an-kiss-troh-FOR-uh) (Info)

Synonym:Echinopsis ancistrophora subsp. ancistrophora
Synonym:Echinopsis polyancistra
Synonym:Echinopsis hamatacantha
Synonym:Echinopsis kratochviliana
Synonym:Echinopsis leucorhodantha

Cactus and Succulents

under 6 in. (15 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)
6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

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:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

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Bloom Color:
Pale Pink
Scarlet (Dark Red)
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
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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:
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:

Neutral Xenomorf On Jan 20, 2005, Xenomorf from Valley of the Sun, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

There are four subspecies of Echinopsis ancistrophora. Flowers are unscented.
Subsp. 'ancistrophora' has varied colored blooms from white to sometimes a hint of pink to deep red, native to south of Salta, Argentina north to across the border into southern Bolivia.
Subsp. 'arachnacantha' is smaller and has yellow to yellow-orange blooms, native a little farther north into Samaipata, Santa Cruz, Bolivia.
Subsp. 'cardenasiana' has violet-pink to red blooms and is native to Tarija, Bolivia.
Subsp. 'pojoensis' is a larger plant with reddish blooms and is native to Pojo, Cochabamba, Bolivia.

Echinopsis ancistrophora var. torrecillasensis has orange-red blooms.

Additional synonyms include:
Pseudodolobivia polyancistra, Pseudodolobivia hamatacantha, Pseudodolobivia kratochviliana, Pseudodolobivia leucorhodantha, Echinopsis pelecyrhachis, Pseudodolobivia pelecyrhachis & Pseudodolobivia torrecillasensis.

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