My Echinocactus platyacanthus

    Native to Mexico and the American Southwest, Echinocactus is a genus of six species of globular to barrel shaped cacti. Size varies greatly between species from small 5 inch round specimens to monsters 7 foot high and 3 foot across. All are heavily spined and in fact one species, E. texensis is commonly called "Horse Crippler". Most species are endangered in the wild but common in cultivation and make popular landscape plants. Flowers arise from the wooly growth on top in spring and flowercolor varies from yellow to purple.
     Landscape plants seem to do well in our plain old desert dirt but then that's to be expected being native to my region. In other wetter climes good drainage is essential. Also the plants are reported to be quite cold hardy. Potted specimens can be raised in any common cacti mix as long as it's well draining. They do best a little pot bound and should be repotted every few years or so. They like water during the growing season but should be watered sparingly in winter. Propagation is by seed as most species are usually solitary.

I have three varieties of Echinocactus. Click a thumbnail below to go to a page about that plant.

Echinocactus grusonii

Echinocactus platyacanthus

Echinocactus texensis
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