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Claret Cup Hedgehog

Echinocereus coccineus

Details & Attributes

Plant Type(s) Cacti
Native to Arizona Yes!
Water Needs Low
Sun Full sun, partial shade
Pollinators Hummingbirds
Has Spines Yes
In relative feet, width by height
9"-1' × 1'
Freeze Tolerant Yes
Flowering Season March-June
Flower Color Red
Minimum Temperature Range 0 f
Leaf Description Spines
Fruit Spiny, juicy, many seeds
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Elevation Range 3500-9000 ft.
Description The most striking feature of this plant is its bold, neat, red flowers in the springtime. Like other hedgehogs this plant will be found growing in branched clusters. Look for claret cup hedgehog on rocky outcroppings and canyon walls. This would be a good species for higher elevation gardeners looking for a cold tolerant Hedgehog. Consider mixing with spring wildflowers such as penstemon (Penstemon spp.), desert marigold (Baileya multiradiata), or Gooding's Verbena Glandularia gooddingii) on a well draining mound.