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Echinocereus enneacanthus

Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Echinocereus (ek-in-oh-KER-ee-us) (Info)
Species: enneacanthus (en-nee-uh-KAN-thus) (Info)
Synonym:Cereus enneacanthus

Category:

Cactus and Succulents

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Foliage:

Unknown - Tell us

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Hardiness:

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)

Where to Grow:

Can be grown as an annual

Danger:

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

Bloom Color:

Magenta (pink-purple)

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

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:

Non-patented

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

Regional

This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Phoenix, Arizona

Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral

On Nov 9, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

This cactus has a lot of names. It's also called the strawberry cactus. Stems of this species often remain wrinkled. Flower is magenta to pink in varying shades. Fruit is round and approx. 1" in diameter.

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On Jun 18, 2004, Xenomorf from Phoenix, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

This plant can form clumps with 30 to 200 heads and stems up to over 6 feet long. The fruit has a strwberry flavor.
The subspecies 'enneacanthus' has stems that are 2 to 6 inches thick; Long & divergent central spines & curved radial spines up to 1.6 inches long. This subspecies is the most common of the two.
The 'brevispinus' subspecies has stems that are less than 2 inches thick; Erect and straight central spines & radial spines that are less than 0.6 inches long.

Other valid synonyms include Echinocereus sarissophorus & Cereus merkeri.
Another common name is 'Purple Pitaya'.

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