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Item ID: 17
Family: Cactaceae
Genus: Echinocereus
Species: fasciculatus
Common Name: Hedgehog
Habitat: Found in a variety of desert soils and terrains in valleys, hills and mountainous areas from about 2,000 to 6,000 ft. elevation.
Range: Southern Arizona, New Mexico and Sonora, Mexico
Care: Very easy plant to grow in Tucson. This plant is an area native and can survive with very little care.
Propagation: Seed and offset stem cuttings
Size: Clumping plants may have up to 30 stems and form clumps 24 inches wide and 18 inches tall.
Shape: Clustering
Flowers: Flowers occur in the early spring and are light to dark magenta in color.
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Photo Courtesy of Vonn Watkins 2003

This Echinocereus is know for being rather abundant in the Tucson area, and the dark brown central spine near the top of the stem makes it easy to identify. Flowers are seen in April or May and can be a very nice surprise for those unfamiliar viewers.

Author Comments
This is a great plant to have in the cactus garden. Sometimes cultivated plants are given a little extra water to keep them looking nice but remember that this is a desert plant that is quite adaptable to the Tucson climate. Please don't over-water!

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