Echinopsis Hybrid, Trichocereus Hybrid 'Flying Saucer'


Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Echinopsis (ek-in-OP-sis) (Info)
Cultivar: Flying Saucer
Hybridized by Britsch


Cactus and Succulents

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade

Partial to Full Shade


Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 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)

Where to Grow:

Can be grown as an annual


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

Bloom Color:


Magenta (pink-purple)




Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

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:


Propagation Methods:

From woody stem cuttings

Allow cut surface to callous over before planting

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Chandler, Arizona(2 reports)

Green Valley, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona(2 reports)

Tucson, Arizona

Reseda, California

Riverside, California

San Leandro, California

Henderson, Nevada

Las Vegas, Nevada(2 reports)

Kermit, Texas

Saint George, Utah

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 16, 2013, Snowball2 from St George, UT wrote:

This is the first season. Prolific bloomer. Transplanted from container to ground (red rock acidic soil) . No blooms after late June. In ground drip irrigation, and additional weekly soaking. I was away for 5 weeks (mid July to late Aug. the hottest time of the year 105+F ) and it only received drip watering. It was thick and full when I left and returned to a much thinner plant ! It has swelled again.
I wonder how hardy these cacti are. I was told to cover it and put a light bulb under the cover on cold nights. Just how cold I wonder? Our Oct. nights currently in St. George are mid 40's F.


On Apr 10, 2012, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

One of the most spectacular and reliable bloomers I have grown. Plant itself is rather large and quickly topples over under its own weight (rec: support this one). Flowers are enormous and photos rarely do this one justice. In my garden in southern California these open up in the morning, last all day and fade later the second day. Fortunately my plant blooms over a period of about two weeks, so not all the blooms come at once. Still, way to ephemeral for me!


On Apr 17, 2009, ntehawk from Las Vegas, NV wrote:

7 years ago, these cacti were found thrown away to the side of the highway near Sedona, Arizona. A friend gave me two, which were approximately 2 inches in diameter at that time, and now, there are seven Echinopsis. I planted them in desert soil (Las Vegas, Nevada), in a partially shaded and protected area in my garden which faces east. They are on drip irrigation and are watered daily. I just love these little guys!


On Apr 8, 2005, cacti_lover from Henderson, NV (Zone 9b) wrote:

Stunning flowers are 7"-8" across, but usually last for only one day. They open in the evening.


On Sep 3, 2004, Xenomorf from Phoenix, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

Hybridized by Hans Britsch of Western Cactus Enterprises. Introduced by Western Cactus Enterprises