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Echinocereus reichenbachii ssp. fitchii
Scientific Name: Echinocereus reichenbachii ssp. fitchii (Britton & Rose) N.P. Taylor
Synonym: Echinocereus fitchii ssp. albertii, Echinocereus fitchii, Echinocereus melanocentrus, Echinocereus reichenbachii var. albertii
Family: Cactaceae
Echinocereus  reichenbachii ssp. fitchii
Spent flower showing the spiny ovary
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 9b-11
USDA: 8b-11

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

Minimum Avg. Temperature: 50F (10C)

Sun Exposure: Full sun

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

Growth Habits: Slowly branching from the base, erect stems 4 to 6 inches tall (10-15 cm), 2.4 to 3.2 inches in diameter (6-8 cm); small yellowish elliptic areoles, less than 0.4 inch apart (1 cm); 1 to 7 central spines; up to 22 radials, up to 0.4 inch long (1 cm)

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


Echinocereus albertii at the Boyce-Thompson Arboretum

Detail of the spination of the same Boyce-Thompson Arboretum's specimen

Blooming Habits:
Abundant violet red flowers with acuminate petals 3.6 inches in diameter (9 cm).

Fruiting Habits:

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