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Straw-Colored Hedgehog
Scientific Name: Echinocereus stramineus Engelm. ex Ruempler
Synonym: Cereus stramineus, Echinocereus enneacanthus var. stramineus, Cereus conglomeratus, Echinocereus conglomeratus
Family: Cactaceae
Straw-Colored Hedgehog  (Echinocereus  stramineus) Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 9b-11

Minimum Avg. Temperature: 50F (10C)

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: USA (southwest Texas, New Mexico), Mexico (Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo Leon)

Growth Habits: Clumping cactus forming large colonies of several hundred heads, each head 4 to 12 inches long (10-30 cm), 1.2 to 4 inches in diameter (3-10 cm), 10 to 13 sinuous ribs; areoles 0.3 to 1 inch apart (8 to 25 mm); 1 to 4 central spines, up to 3.6 inches long (9 cm); 7-14 radials, up to 1.2 inches long (3 cm)

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

Propagation: Produces abundant suckers

The fruit is edible.

Copyright Terry Hewitt

Blooming Habits:
Abundant large purple flowers in late spring, up to 5 inches in diameter (12.5 cm), 3.2 to 4.8 inches long (8-12 cm), followed by dark red edible fruit, 2 inches in diameter

Fruiting Habits:

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