Hedgehog Cactus


Scientific Name: Echinocereus engelmannii
Common Name:   Hedgehog Cactus
Family: Cactaceae, Cactus Family
Duration: Perennial
Size: Up to 12 inches or so
Growth Form: Shrub; clump-forming or loose open mounds; up to 60 stems
Flower Color: Bright rose-pink to magenta; flowers large and showy, tubular or short-funnel to bell-shaped, open during the day for several days; fruit matures red, fleshy, spiny, glabrous.
Flowering Season: February to June

Threatened/Endangered Information: all varieties of Echinocereus engelmannii are salvage restricted;

Comments/Ethnobotany: The ripe fruits were eaten raw or boiled and then eaten.