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Echinocactus texensis
@ Juniper Level Botanic Gdn, NC

Echinocactus texensis

Horse Crippler Cactus

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Item #: 5792

Zones: 7a to 10b

Height: 6" tall

Culture: Sun

Origin: United States

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L) ?

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Echinocactus texensis, which hails from the southwestern states of Oklahoma, Texas, and New Mexico, is one of our favorite winter-hardy cacti. In shape, Echinocactus texensis resembles a solitary upside-down bowl of petrified blue-green Jell-O...eventually to 1' wide. The long, arching spines resemble those fake fingernails you usually only see on clerks at fast food drive-ins. In May and June (NC), Echinocactus texensis is topped with a cluster of lovely pink daisy-like flowers highlighted by darker red centers. Horse crippler cactus is a very easy cactus to grow, although good winter drainage is very important in wetter climates.