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Cob Cactus
Scientific Name: Echinocereus enneacanthus Engelm.
Synonym: Echinocereus merkeri, Echinocereus sarissophorus, Echinocereus uspenskii, Cereus merkeri, Echinocereus enneacanthus var. dubius, Echinocereus dubius, Cereus dubius
Family: Cactaceae
Cob Cactus (Echinocereus  enneacanthus)
Echinocereus enneacanthus at the Wallace's collection in Phoenix in April
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 9b-11

Minimum Avg. Temperature: 50F (10C)

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: Northeastern Mexico, Texas

Growth Habits: Clumping, in groups over 3 feet in diameter (90 cm), prostrate or semierect stems, up to 8 inches long (20 cm), 1.6 to 3 inches in diameter (4-7 cm); 7 to 10 prominent warty ribs; areoles 0.4 t 1 inch apart (1-2.5 cm); 1 (to 3) central spines, 1.2 to 2 inches long (3-5 cm); 7 to 12 needle-like brownish radials, bulbous at the base, 0.5 to 1.6 inches long (1.2-4 cm)

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


Blooming Habits:
Livly red flowers, 2 to 2.4 inches long (5-6 cm), followed by edible fruit, 0.8 inch long

Fruiting Habits:

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