Claret Cup Cactus (Echinocereus triglochidiatus Engelman)

Description: One of the most attractive hedgehog cacti is the claret cup, which grows in clumps as much as 3–4 feet across but usually smaller. The bright red-orange flowers often cover the whole plant, which is cylindrical and low-growing, often hugging up against some larger plant. The numerous flowers grow at the top of the stems, all about the same height, giving a full view of all the flowers at one glance. They last for several days. The flowers vary slightly in color as a result of soil type or genetic differences. Among the most beautiful cacti; large plants with many stems in full flower make breathtaking mounds of scarlet. Stems are highly variable, often with two strikingly different forms growing in the same area.

Family: Cactaceae

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USDA Symbol: ECTR

Duration: Perennial

Habit: Cactus/Succulent

Size Class: 0-1 ft.

Bloom Color: Red, Orange

Bloom Time: Apr, May

Water Use: Low

Light Requirements: Sun

Soil Moisture: Dry

Bloom Notes: Soil Description: They favor, but are not restricted to, soils of volcanic origins.

Missing Images: Plant, Fruit-Seed

Data Completeness: Complete

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