triglochidiatus “inermis” (= subnudus)
Scientific name: Echinocereus triglochidiatus
E. triglochidiatus is the most widespread
species (Utah, and Colorado south to southern California, Arizona, New
Mexico, Texas, and Mexico)
CITES appendix 2.
- Echinocereus paucispinus var. triglochidiatus
- Cereus triglochidiatus Engelmann 1848
- Cereus gonacanthus
Echinocereus triglochidiatus var mohavensis "inermis"
Common Names include: Claret-Cup Hedgehog , Kingcup cactus, mound cactus, King's
Crown Cactus, Spineless Hedgehog.
Locality: Manzano, Torrance County, New Mexico, USA
Uses: Some Native
Americans collect the stems, burn off the spines and mash them.
Sugar is added and then it is baked to make sweet cakes.
Parts Used: pulp, flowers and stems
This cactus is widely
cultivated for its flowers.
It is among the easiest species to grow,
flower and propagate.
Water regularly from March to October. Rot prone in winter, it needs good drainage. Claret Cups require strong sunlight to
maintain a healthy appearance, and a harsh "dry and cool" winter
environment combined with maximum light exposure enhances spring flower
Frost Tolerance: It is very cold resistant, hardy
from -6° to - 18°
C for short periods of time (Depends on the
variety, some populations can
down to -25° C or less.)
Propagation: Cutting as it produces abundant suckers; Also can be
grown from seeds.
Photo of conspecific taxa, varieties,
forms an cultivars of Echinocereus triglochidiatus.