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Prickly Beehive Cactus
Scientific Name: Coryphantha echinus (Engelmann) Britton & Rose
Synonym: Mammillaria pectinata, Cactus pectinatus, Coryphantha radians var. echinus, Coryphantha cornifera var. echinus, Cactus echinus, Mammillaria radians var. chinus, Mammillaria echinus, Coryphantha pectinata
Family: Cactaceae
Prickly Beehive Cactus (Coryphantha  echinus) Recommended Temperature Zone:
USDA: 6-11

Frost Tolerance: Hardy to 0 F (-16 C) or less for short periods of time

Minimum Avg. Temperature: 50F (10C)

Heat Tolerance: Light shade in summer in Phoenix

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: USA (western Texas), Mexico (Coahuila, Chihuahua)

Growth Habits: Mostly solitary globular cactus, 2 inches in diameter (5 cm); 3 (0-4) central spines, 1 inch (2.5 cm) long; 16 to 30 radial spines, 0.4 to 0.72 inch (1 to 1.8 cm) long;

Watering Needs: Water sparingly, needs good drainage. Keep drier in winter


The species name comes from the Latin for 'hedgehog'. This species has 16 to 30 white radial spines, measuring up to 0.6 inches long (1.5 cm)

Prickly Beehive Cactus (Coryphantha  echinus)

Blooming Habits:
The Coryphantha echinus has 2 inches wide (5 cm) yellow flowers, followed by green fruits.

Fruiting Habits:

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