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Strawberry Hedgehog Cactus

Echinocereus fasciculatus

Details & Attributes

Plant Type(s) Cactus, perennial
Native to Arizona Yes!
Water Needs Low
Sun Full sun, partial shade
Pollinators Bees
Has Spines Yes
In relative feet, width by height
1.5' × 2'
Freeze Tolerant Yes
Flowering Season May-July
Flower Color Purple-magenta
Minimum Temperature Range 0-10 °F
Leaf Description Spines
Fruit Spiny, juicy, many seeds
In years
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Elevation Range 2000-5000 ft.
Description Strawberry Hedgehog Cactus has showy, magenta flowers in the spring that are a sure draw for native leafcutter bees in the genus Megachile, who are the primary pollinators. The red, spiny fruit has a delicious interior filled with small black seeds. Plants proliferate in clusters and can have up to 30 branches. This cactus requires good drainage and can be planted with other xeric species such as Cholla (Cylindropuntia spp.), Desert Marigold (Baileya multiradiata), Foothills Palo Verde (Parkinsonia microphylla), Palmer's Agave (Agave palmeri), and Dogweed (Thymophylla pentacheata) for a garden which will provide an abundance of color while still being extremely drought tolerant. Echinocereus are also comfortable growing in pots, especially low, wide containers that allow plants to reach their full width.