E. pulchellus var. weinbergii is very popular in collections, and
bears many spectacular big pink flowers.
Description: Solitary or
Stems: Flat globular, conical as it
ages, up to 13 cm in diameter (but cultivated plants
are frequently larger), bluish green when young;
Ribs: 14 or 15, acute
Areoles: 5 to7 mm apart; 3 to 7
Central spines: Not
Radial spines: 8 to 11 spines per areole, 3-12 mm
long, pale yellowish.
Roots: It has a strong taproot.
Flowers: Abundant pink or purple/red (rarely white) flowers, up
to 6 cm in diameter.
Photo of conspecific
taxa, varieties of Echinocereus pulchellus.
Form & Cultivars:
Cultivation: It has a strong tap root and
should have a deep pot to accommodate it. It needs porous well-drained
soil. Water carefully;
too much water will make it rot.
Keep dry at
minimum temperature of 5° C in winter, although
it will tolerate brief
periods down to -10 degrees. Sun Exposure: Full sun to light shade.
Propagation: It grows easily from seeds or cuttings (if available)
Origin: Mexico (Zacatecas)
Conservation status: Listed in
CITES appendix 2.
Ecology: It is a geophyte
cactus with a swollen underground storage taproot.
In the wild it tends to disappear completely in the ground, in times of drought.
- Echinocereus pulchellus ssp. weinbergii (Weing.)
- Echinocereus weinbergii,
- Echinocereus pulchellus ssp. venustus