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Horse Crippler, Candy Cactus
Scientific Name: Echinocactus texensis Hopffer
Synonym: Homalocephala texensis, Echinocactus lindheimeri
Family: Cactaceae
Horse Crippler, Candy Cactus (Echinocactus  texensis) Recommended Temperature Zone:
USDA: 5-11

Frost Tolerance: Hardy to 0F (-18C) or less

Minimum Avg. Temperature: 55F (12C)

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: USA (Texas, southeastern New Mexico), northeastern Mexico (Coahuila, Nuevo Len, Tamaulipas)

Growth Habits: Solitary when young, slowly clustering, 12 inches in diameter (30 cm), 8 inches high (20 cm)

Watering Needs:


This small barrel is heavily spined and low to the ground, a hazard to horses, hence the name.

Horse Crippler, Candy Cactus (Echinocactus  texensis)

Blooming Habits:
The pink flowers are 2.5 inches in diameter (6 cm).

Fruiting Habits:

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