Echinocereus rigidissimus var. rubrispinus
Please note: Every plant will vary in size, color and shape from the one pictured. Plant ships bare root. Soil included according to plant size.
Echinocereus rigidissimus var. rubrispinus is commonly called the rainbow hedgehog cactus and best known for its beautiful pink coloration. This petite plant typically grows to reach 30 cm tall by 11 cm wide. Aptly named, it bears new spines that are magenta colored and fade to yellow or light pink with maturity. Echinocereus rigidissimus grows as a stocky, solitary stem, rarely producing offsets. Endemic to parts of northwest Mexico and southwest United States, it can be found growing on rocky slopes at high elevation.
Echinocereus rigidissimus are desert cacti that require full sun. The more sun this cactus receives, the more brilliant the spine coloration will become. Echinocereus rigidissimus plants are extremely drought tolerant. Water them thoroughly, fully saturating the soil. Always allow the soil to dry out completely in between waterings.
Echinocereus rigidissimus var. rubrispinus flower in the spring, from late April to early June. Flowers buds are borne in clusters from the top of the cacti. Blossoms are bright pink in color. Fertilize during the growing season to stimulate growth and blooms.