Strawberry Hedgehog Cactus (Echinocereus stramineus)
Description: Pitaya has many large spines. It has 11–13 ribs with fairly deep furrows between them. They tend to cluster, sometimes forming large, compact clumps with 100 or more stems. These larger clumps are rounded, often 2–3 feet across and nearly as high. Stems are about 10 inches tall and 3 1/2 inches in diameter. The purple-red flowers are 4–5 inches tall and 3–4 inches across. They are dark red at the base, fading to rose at the tips. The inner petals are toothed. The 10–15 outer petals have pink edges.
Synonym(s): Echinocereus enneacanthus var. stramineus
USDA Symbol: ECST2
Size Class: 0-1 ft.
Bloom Color: Red, Purple, Pink
Bloom Time: Jul
Water Use: Low
Light Requirements: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Bloom Notes: Native Distribution: The Chihuahuan Desert - south New Mexico and the Big Bend area of west Texas.
Native Habitat: Sunny, gravely or rocky (limestone) slopes, up to 5,000 feet elevation.
Missing Images: Plant, Close-Up, Fruit-Seed
Data Completeness: Complete