Lace Cactus

Echinocereus reichenbachii

Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Echinocereus (ek-in-oh-KER-ee-us) (Info)
Species: reichenbachii (ry-ken-BAHK-ee-eye) (Info)
Synonym:Echinocereus reichenbachii subsp. reichenbachii
Synonym:Echinocereus caespitosus
Synonym:Echinocereus mariae
Synonym:Echinocereus purpureus
Synonym:Echinocereus texensis


Cactus and Succulents

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)


3-6 in. (7-15 cm)


USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

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)

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:


Bloom Time:

Mid Spring



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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 seed; direct sow after last frost

From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium

Seed Collecting:

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds


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


Peoria, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona

Tucson, Arizona (2 reports)

Oak View, California

Clermont, Florida

Centreville, Maryland

Sparks, Nevada

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Roswell, New Mexico

Norwood, Pennsylvania

Springdale, Pennsylvania

Arlington, Texas

Austin, Texas

Dripping Springs, Texas

Hondo, Texas

Hunt, Texas

Portland, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Shepherd, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 15, 2017, longjonsilverz from Centreville, MD wrote:

This small cactus has been one of the few that have been successful outdoors for me here in Eastern Maryland (zone 7). The winters are very wet here and difficult for desert plants. This one however has survived flawlessly. Full sun and very fast draining soil are the key to survival in this area.


On May 11, 2005, Xenomorf from Phoenix, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

Other synonyms for the species and 'reichenbachii' subspecies are: Mammillaria caespitosa, Echinocereus pailanus, Echinocereus caespitosus, Echinocereus reichenbachii subsp. caespitosus, Echinocereus pectinatus, Echinocereus baileyi var. albispinus, Echinocereus reichenbachii var. albispinus, Echinocereus pectinata, Echinocereus caespitosus var. reichenbachii, Echinocereus pectinatus var. reichenbachii, Cereus caespitosus, Cereus reichenbachianus

The 'reichenbachii' subspecies has nicely scented and brilliant pink blooms. It has zero central spines and 18 to 30 or more radial spines per areole which are almost linear.
The 'armatus' subspecies has scented pinkk flowers near the stem top. It has 1 or 2 central spines and up to 23 radial spines per areole wich are... read more


On Nov 21, 2004, dave wrote:

A very attractive little tiny guy!! I found a colony growing wild on my property in Hunt, literally growing right through solid rock!


On Nov 3, 2004, QueenB from Shepherd, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

It's been in place for almost a year now in a sandy clay mix in my Agave bed. Frost didn't seem to bother it at all.


On May 27, 2003, GiaVette from Minneola, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

I am growing this plant in full sun in zone 9b with no problems so far. After flowering this year, it has put on an inch of new growth.