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Lady Finger Cactus
Scientific Name: Echinocereus pentalophus (DC.) Rumpler
Synonym: Cereus leptacanthus, Echinocereus propinquus, Echinocereus procumbens, Echinocereus leptacanthus, Echinocereus pentalophus ssp. leonensis, Echinocereus leonensis, Cereus pentalophus, Cereus procumbens
Family: Cactaceae
Lady Finger Cactus (Echinocereus  pentalophus)
Echinocereus pentalophus var. leonensis blossom in mid April
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 9b-11
USDA: 9b-10

Frost Tolerance: 20F (-7C), stems can look purple and damaged, and the recover in spring

Minimum Avg. Temperature: 50F (10C)

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: USA (Texas), eastern Mexico, widely cultivated for its flowers

Growth Habits: Clumping, prostrate, stems are one inch in diameter (2.5 cm), up to 16 inches long (40 cm); 4 to 6 ribs with low tubercles; 0 or 1 central spine; 4 or 5 short brown spines.

Watering Needs: Some water in summer, rot prone in winter, needs good drainage

Propagation: Cuttings, seeds

The stems of this cactus branches readily and soon you have a mass of shoots. The spines are short and soft. The spectacular pink blossom reaches 3 inches in diameter (7.5 cm)

Lady Finger Cactus (Echinocereus  pentalophus)

As Cereus procumbens in K. Schumann

Blooming Habits:
The Echinocereus pentalophus has a profusion of magenta flowers with paler yellow throats, for a short period in spring. Although the display lasts only a week or two, the profusion of pink flowers is extremely striking. The flowers are 3 to 5 inches long (7-12 cm)

Fruiting Habits:

The simplest way to propagate the Lady Finger Cactus is to cut a piece of stem in summer, let it dry for a couple of days, and pot it up.

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