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Echinocereus stramineus (Strawberry Hedgehog Cactus)

Strawberry Hedgehog Cactus, Pitaya, Straw-Colored Hedgehog, Spiny Hedgehog Cactus, Purcuspine Hedgehog-Cactus, Strawberry Cactus


Echinocereus stramineus (Strawberry Hedgehog Cactus) is a small clumping cactus forming large colonies of as many as 100 or more stems at maturity. The stems are composed of 10 to 13 ribs with fairly deep furrows between them. Very large and beautiful, bright pink to purple-red flowers, 5 in. across (12 cm) decorate the plant in summer. They give way to edible, strawberry-tasting fruits, 2 in. long (5 cm), that are devoured by wildlife. Echinocereus stramineus is a lovely plant for a rock garden or containers where it will form attractive, bold clumps.

  • Grows up to 12 in. tall (10-30 cm) and forms clusters to 2-3 ft. wide (60-90 cm) containing several hundred stems.
  • Easily grown in well-drained soils in full sun. Water regularly when in growth. Excellent drainage is critical to avoid rot issues. Keep the plant dry in winter. Drought tolerant.
  • Great for desert gardens, rock gardens, succulent gardens or Mediterranean gardens. Great in decorative containers too.
  • No serious pest or disease issues. Susceptible to fungal diseases if overwatered.
  • Deer and rabbit resistant. The flowers produce nectar and are attractive to birds and bees
  • Native to the Southwestern USA (Texas, New Mexico) and Mexico.

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Requirements

Hardiness 10 – 11
Plant Type Cactus - Succulents
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Mid)
Height 4" – 1' (10cm – 30cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen, Fruit & Berries
Native Plants United States, Southwest, New Mexico, Texas
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Mediterranean Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 10 – 11
Plant Type Cactus - Succulents
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Mid)
Height 4" – 1' (10cm – 30cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen, Fruit & Berries
Native Plants United States, Southwest, New Mexico, Texas
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Mediterranean Garden

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