Echinocereus pectinatus

Echinocereus pectinatus

Echinocereus pectinatus, commonly known as rainbow cactus, purple candle cactus or comb Hedgehog, is a perennial plant of the Cactaceae family. It has an upright cylindrical stem with 12 to 28 ribs covered with interlocking, yellow or pinkish spines. The pink flowers are funnel-shaped and appear on the top of the stem. The greenish-purple fruit is spiny with dark ovoid seeds.


Common NameRainbow Cactus / Lace Cactus / Purple Candle Cactus / Comb Hedgehog
Botanical nameEchinocereus pectinatus
Life CyclePerennial
Basic Colourpink
Height10 -> 30 cm
HabitatGrasslands, rocky slopes
Altitude400 – 1900 m
Bloom TimeJune -> August
Plant TypeCactus, Succulent, Ornamental
Fruit TypeBerry
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Used PartsWhole plant
Plant UsesOrnamental
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USDA Zone8 (-12), 9 (-7), 10 (-1), 11 (+4), 12 (+10)
Sun Exposurefull sun
Soil pHNeutral
Soil MoistureDry
Soil Type Sandy, Peaty, Stony
Propagationby seeds / by sowing, by Cuttings, Self sows
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Pests/ DiseasesMealybugs, mildew

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