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Brown-Spine Hedgehog
Scientific Name: Echinocereus viridiflorus ssp. chloranthus (Engelm.) N.P. Taylor
Synonym: Cereus chloranthus, Echinocereus chloranthus
Family: Cactaceae
Brown-Spine Hedgehog (Echinocereus  viridiflorus ssp. chloranthus)
Echinocereus chloranthus at Kuentz Nursery in early June
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 9b-11

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

Minimum Avg. Temperature: 50F (10C)

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: USA (New Mexico, Texas), northern Mexico (Chihuahua), in grassy hills at medium elevation

Growth Habits: Solitary or small clumps, each stems 2 to 2.8 inches in diameter (5-7 cm), up to 3.2 to 6 inches tall (8-15 cm); round areoles, 0.5 inch apart (1.2 cm); 3 to 5 central spines, with one longer reaching 0.8 to 1.2 inches long (2-3 cm); 12 to 20 radials, often red tipped

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


Brown-Spine Hedgehog (Echinocereus  viridiflorus ssp. chloranthus)

Brown-Spine Hedgehog (Echinocereus  viridiflorus ssp. chloranthus)

Blooming Habits:
Greenish yellow flowers in May-June. The flowers are rather small, up to 1 inch in diameter (2.5 cm), 0.8 to 1.2 inches in diameter (2-3 cm), borne on the side of the stem, with narrow acute petals. They are followed by red globular fruits, 2 to 4 inches long (5 to 10 cm), with silky spines. The seeds are black.

Fruiting Habits:

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