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Monday, June 27, 2011

Echinocereus pentalophus

Echinocereus pentalophus is not very attractive plant, with very modest looking crawling stems. When it is in flower  everything changes - it becomes the biggest attraction in the collection. The flowers are large and fragrant, older plants tend to be completely hidden under that fireworks of color. Flowers last for the whole week, and plan often stay in bloom for as long as full months.
There are several forms of this species in cultivation. Plants from Texas have finger-thin spreading stems, the most distinct form from Mexico - AKA E. leonensis - has erect stems about one inch thick.
Plants are easy in cultivation and moderately frost hardy. Also reliable bloomers, provided they receive lots of sunlight.

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