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Pinkflower Hedgehog Cactus
Scientific Name: Echinocereus fendleri Sencke ex Haage
Synonym: Echinocereus fendleri var. robustus, Echinocereus pseudohempelii, Cereus fendleri, Echinocereus fendleri var. kuenzleri, Echinocereus kuenzleri
Family: Cactaceae
Pinkflower Hedgehog Cactus (Echinocereus  fendleri)
Echinocereus fendleri at the HBG (HBG 83587)
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 9b-11
USDA: 6-10

Frost Tolerance: Very cold resistant, reportedly to 0F (-18C) or less, but needs good drainage and protection from excessive moisture in winter

Minimum Avg. Temperature: 50F (10C)

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: USA (New Mexico, Texas, Colorado, Arizona), northern Mexico (northern Sonora, Chihuahua)

Growth Habits: Solitary or in small clumps, up to 5 stems, 4 to 12 inches long (10-30 cm), 2 to 2.8 inches in diameter (5-7 cm); 9 to 12 ribs, sometimes wavy; circular areoles 0.3 to 0.6 inch apart (8-15 mm); (0 to) 1 (to 7) dark central spines, up to 1.6 inches long (4 cm); (2 to) 5 to 11 radials, 0.4 to 0.8 inch long.

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


Echinocereus fendleri var. kuenzleri is a protected variety, it is described as short conical, 6 inches long (15 cm), 4 inches in diameter (10 cm); no central spine; 2 to 6 radials, 1inch long (2.5 cm); magenta flowers, 4 inches long (10 cm)

Blooming Habits:
Purple flowers, close to the stem tips, 3 inches in diameter (7.5 cm), in April to June. The edible purple fruit is 1 to 1.2 inch long, 0.5 inch in diameter (12 mm).

Fruiting Habits:

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