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Comb Hedgehog
Scientific Name: Echinocereus pectinatus Engelm.
Synonym: Echinocactus pectinatus, Echinocereus pectinatus var. saltilloenis, Echinocactus pectiniferus, Cereus pectinatus, Echinocereus pectinatus
Family: Cactaceae
Comb Hedgehog (Echinocereus  pectinatus) Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 11-13

Minimum Avg. Temperature: 50F (10C)

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: Southwestern US, northern Mexico

Growth Habits: Solitary or slowly clumping, cylindrical stems, 4-8 inches tall (10-20 cm), 1.2 to 2.4 inches in diameter (3-6 cm); (12-)20-23 obtuse ribs; areoles oval, young areoles with short white hair; 1 to 6 short central spines; 16 to 30 white or pinkish pectinate radials, 0.4 inch long (1 cm)

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


Echinocereus pectinatus is easy to grow and free flowering, it is similar to E. dasyacanthus.

Comb Hedgehog (Echinocereus  pectinatus)

Blooming Habits:
Intense pink flowers, 2.4 to 3.2 inches long (6-8 cm), with white hairs and spines. The fruit is 0.8 to 1.2 inches in diameter (2-3 cm)

Fruiting Habits:

Las Cactaceas de Mexico

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