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Echinocereus sciurus
Scientific Name: Echinocereus sciurus (K.Brandegee) Britton & Rose
Synonym: Cereus sciurus, Echinocereus subterraneus
Family: Cactaceae
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 9b-11

Minimum Avg. Temperature: 50F (10C)

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: Mexico (southern Baja California, near San Jose del Cabo)

Growth Habits: Clumping cactus, up to 2 feet in diameter (60 cm); tuberous roots; stems up to 12 inches tall (30 cm), 1.2 to 2 inches in diameter (3-5 cm); 12 to 17 tuberculate ribs; small areoles woolly at first; spines obscuring the stem; 15 to 22 spines, centrals quite difficult to differentiate from radials, shorter (Bravo)

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


The name sciurus comes from the Latin for squirrel. The flowering tops of the stems are often curved and reminded K. Brandegee of a squirrel tail.

Blooming Habits:
Beautiful pinkish flowers, 3.2 inches long (8 cm), 4 inches in diameter (10 cm), close to the stem tips, with green filament and style.

Fruiting Habits:

Las Cactaceas de Mexico

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