Echinocereus, commonly called hedgehog cactus, is a large and diverse genus of cacti native to the western US and Mexico. The large, funnel-shaped flowers bloom in vibrant colors and the fruit are edible. Many species are cold-hardy and easy to grow provided they are sited in an area with good drainage.
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The genus Echinocereus is a large, diverse group of succulent plants in the cacti family (Cactaceae) that are native to North and Central America. These cacti are known for their striking appearance, with a spherical to cylindrical shape and numerous spines covering their surface. The spines are often long and needle-like, and can be brightly colored, adding to the texture and beauty of the plant. Echinocereus cacti produce vibrant flowers that bloom in various shades of pink, red, yellow, and orange, and are often large and showy relative to the size of the plant. These cacti are well adapted to their arid environments, and are often found growing in rocky, sandy soils with little water. Some species of Echinocereus are highly prized by collectors for their unique and beautiful forms, making them popular ornamental plants.
The name Echinocereus is derived from the Greek word echinos which means 'hedgehog' and from the Latin word for 'candle', cereus. Echinocereus are commonly referred to as hedgehog cactus due to the small ovoid shape of the spiny fruit.