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Berlandier's hedgehog cactus, Alicoche
Scientific Name: Echinocereus berlandieri (Engelmann) Haage
Synonym: Echinocereus blanckii var. berlandieri, Echinocereus poselgerianus, Cereus blanckii, Cereus berlandieri, Echinocereus berlandianus, Echinocereus blanckii
Family: Cactaceae
Berlandier's hedgehog cactus, Alicoche (Echinocereus  berlandieri)
Echinocereus berlandieri at Kuentz Nursery in early June
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 9b-11
USDA: 8-10

Frost Tolerance: Hardy to 10F (-12C) when dormant

Minimum Avg. Temperature: 50F (10C)

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: USA (Texas), Mexico (Nuevo Len, Tamaulipas)

Growth Habits: Cactus with freely branching, dark green, elongated stems, 1 inch in diameter (2.5 cm), 12 inches in length (30 cm); 5 to 7 tuberculate ribs; small brownish areoles, 0.4 to 0.6 inches apart; 1 to 3 yellowish brown central spines, 1 to 2 inches long (2.5-5 cm); 6 to 9 radials turning white as they age, 0.3 to 0.4 inch long (8-10 mm)

Watering Needs: Little water, needs porous well drained soil.


The elongated stems of this hedgehog cactus make it suited to hanging baskets.

As Cereus berlandieri, in K. Schumann

Blooming Habits:
Prolific masses of large, 2.4 to 3.2 inches in diameter (6-8 cm), purplish-pink flowers with darker throat, 2 to 3.2 inches long (5-8 cm). Stigma with 7 to 10 lobes.

Fruiting Habits:

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