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Gurney's Claret-cup
Scientific Name: Echinocereus coccineus ssp. coccineus var. gurneyi (L. Benson) Heil & Brack
Synonym: Echinocereus triglochidiatus var. gurneyi
Family: Cactaceae
Gurney's Claret-cup (Echinocereus  coccineus ssp. coccineus var. gurneyi)
Echinocereus coccineus var. gurneyi at Miles2Go
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 9b-11
USDA: 9-11

Frost Tolerance: 15F (-10C)

Minimum Avg. Temperature: 50F (10C)

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: Southwestern USA (New Mexico, Trans-Pecos Texas), Mexico (Chihuahua), on rocky hillsides, at elevation of 4,000 to 5,000 feet (1,200-1,500 m).

Growth Habits: Usually clumping, often in colonies of 10 stems or more, dark green stem, 10 to 14 inches tall (25-35 cm), up to 4 inches in diameter (10 cm); 8 to 11 ribs; spines mostly undifferentiated between radials and centrals; 1 centrals, up to 3 inches long (7.5 cm); 5-12 radials

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


Variety of doubtful validity, generally included in Echinocereus coccineus.

Blooming Habits:
Orange-red flowers, up to 3 inches in diameter (8 cm), in April-May, open day and night

Fruiting Habits:

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