Echinocereus coccineus ~ Scarlet Hedgehog Cactus
Echinocereus coccineus attracts hummingbirds and bees. Flowers are often male or female, these are dioetious flowes with lots of pollen and green 8 lobed stigmas poking out. Peak bloom is in the Spring but will vary depending on when the rain comes. The Scarlet Hedgehog Cactus is native to much of the southwest. Echinocereus coccineus spreads by pups from the base as well as by seed. Plants will grow to a foot or so in height. Echinocereus coccinea can form large clumps sometimes exceeding 100 branches. Plants will require full sun and good drainage and rot easily if they don't get it. The native range climbs to elevations above 9000 feet. This is one of the more cold hardy cacti. Echinocereus coccineus is winter hardy into the low 10°s F and likely colder for short durations.
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