Cactus, page 2 - Barrel & Hedgehog Cacti, Last updated 4/1
2022 plant list - Short list this year, but I have hundreds of new batches in cultivation another year or two out. Stay tuned!
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> Echinocereus coccineus "Scarlet Glory", "Claret Cup Cactus", 18"H x 36" W
Otero Co., NM, 5000 feet, ex. Mesa Garden # 191.20454, Hardiness: Z6b-9b, Sun Exposure: Full, Originally described from yellow flowering plants, however they have all turned out with scarlet orange flowers. I've selected this form from the original batch to emphasize tight a clumping habit and deep purple stem color in winter, blackish gray spines.
1 offer: 1-3 inch seedling plants, shipped bare root for $12.50 each.
Coryphantha sulcata, "Pineapple Cactus",  5"H x 5" W
Val Verde Co., TX, 1000 feet, ex. Mesa Garden # 136, Hardiness: Z7b-10b, Sun Exposure: Full to part, Plants can burn in open sunlight and do best with some afternoon shade. Small barrel cacti, solitary at first, later offsetting to form small clumps. Flowers yellow with red centers in mid summer followed by small green edible fruits.
Flickr photo gallery link:  2 pictures: Here
1 offer: 1-3 inch seedling plants, shipped bare root, for $12.50 each.
Echinocereus coccineus var. gurneyi, "Claret Cup Hedgehog Cactus", 24"H x 48"W
Pecos Co., TX, 4700 feet, ex. Jeff Thompson # JRT 482, Hardiness: Z6b-9b, Sun Exposure: Full sun, One of Jeff Thompson's collections from Pecos County, Texas, Possibly the largest of the Claret Cup hedgehogs with clumps in habitat described up to 6 feet in diameter and up to 4 feet in height. This has been an excellent performer here in SW Idaho, even as small seedling plants, turning deep purple in winter. Flowers are light scarlet orange.
Flickr photo gallery link: 2 pictures: Here
1 offer: 1-3 inch seedling plants, shipped bare root, for $12.50 each.
Echinocereus X lloydii, "Lloyd's Hedgehog Cactus", 24"H x 18"W
Pecos Co., TX, 4000 feet, ex. Mesa Garden # 221.3, Hardiness: Z6b-9b, Sun Exposure: Full sun, Texas natural hybrids between Echinocereus dasyacanthus and coccineus result in mostly columnar plants or with few offsets. Large flowers variable from pink to yellow, orange, or even multi-colored rainbow mixes in mid to late spring followed by edible strawberry like fruits.
Flickr photo gallery link: 4 pictures: Here
1 offer: 1-3 inch seedling plants, shipped bare root, for $12.50 each.
Echinocereus reichenbachii var. caespitosa, "Lace Hedgehog Cactus", 12"H x 12"W
Kimble Co., TX, 2000 feet, ex. Mesa Garden # 248, Hardiness: Z6b-9b, Sun Exposure: Full to part, Plants solitary or forming few stemmed clumps. Spines short, pure white, re-curving back in comb like rows. Flowers magenta with variable light or dark throats.
Flickr photo gallery link, 3 pictures: Here
1 offer: 1-3 inch seedling plants, shipped bare root, for $12.50 each.
Echinocereus triglochidiatus "White Sands", "Claret Cup Hedgehog Cactus", 24"H x 48"W
Otero Co., NM, 4000 feet, ex. Mesa Garden # 260.9, Hardiness: Z6b-9b, Sun Exposure: Full sun, A distinctive and popular form growing in stabilized sand dunes in the White Sands National Monument. Robust stems with thick blackish gray spines. Flowers red, attractive to hummingbirds, in early spring.
Flickr photo gallery link, 2 pictures: Here
1 offer: 1-3 inch seedling plants, shipped bare root, for $12.50 each.
Escobaria missouriensis var. caespitosa, "Missouri Pincushion Cactus", 8"H x 12"W
Marshall Co., OK, 800 feet, ex. Mesa Garden # 383.33, Hardiness: Z5b-8b, Sun Exposure: Part sun. This southern form can handle more direct sunlight but still prefers more shady conditions. A more robust southern form of this widespread barrel cactus. Brownish yellow-green flowers appear in two distinct flushes beginning in early spring. Tiny bright red berries the following spring.
Flickr photo gallery link: 2 pictures: Here
1 offer: 1-3 inch seedling plants, shipped bare root for $12.50 each
Escobaria vivipara var. rosea. "Beehive Cactus" 8"H x 12"W
Yavapai Co., AZ, 4400 feet, ex. Mesa Garden # 410.48, Hardiness: Z6b-9b, Sun Exposure: Full to part, Baseball sized stems mostly solitary, sometimes forming few stemmed clusters. Dense spines of white and brown. Flowers vivid pink with lighter throats followed by edible green fruits by early fall.
Flickr photo gallery link: 2 pictures: Here
1 offer: 1-3 inch seedling plants, shipped bare root for $12.50 each
Echinocereus X roetteri "Wildcard"
Echinocereus triglochidiatus "White Sands"
Escobaria vivipara var. rosea
Escobaria missouriensis, "Missouri Pincushion Cactus", 8"H x 12"W
Madison Co., MT, 4600 feet, Hardiness: Z4b-7b, Sun Exposure: Part sun. Plants prefer shady conditions and can burn easily in open full sun. Bodies solitary at first, later forming low dense clusters. Spines short and flexible. Flowers greenish yellow, sometimes with a hint of pink, appear in two distinct flushes early spring followed by bright red berries the following spring.
Flickr photo gallery link: 3 pictures: Here
1 offer, 1-2 inch seedlings plants, shipped bare root for $12.50 each.
Cactus Seed
I'll be adding more to this list in the future. Minimum order is $12 for both domestic & international orders. See Cactus Page 1 & Succulent Page for additional new seed buying options.
Echinocereus engelmannii var. chrysocentrus, "Indian Strawberry Cactus", 12"H x 24"W
Lincoln Co., NV, 4100 feet, Hardiness: Zone 6b-9b, Sun Exposure: Full sun, Tall robust stems with thick, twisting, multicolored spines of white, black, brown & yellow. Flowers pink to magenta, up to 3 1/2" in diameter appear in early to mid spring followed by edible strawberry like fruits.
Flickr photo gallery link, this will open a new window, 2 pictures: Here
Seeds are warm to hot weather germinating at 70-90 degrees F and take 3-6 weeks to sprout.
1 offer, 100 seeds for $4.00 each.
Echinocereus engelmannii var. chrysocentrus, "Indian Strawberry Cactus", 10"H x 18"W
Esmeralda Co., NV, 5300 feet, Hardiness: Zone 6a-9a, Sun Exposure: Full sun, Tight clumping smaller stems in this population with variable multicolored spines. Flowers pink to magenta, up to 3 1/2" in diameter appear in early to mid spring followed by edible strawberry like fruits.
Flickr photo gallery link, this will open a new window, 4 pictures: Here
Seeds are warm to hot weather germinating at 70-90 degrees F and take 3-6 weeks to sprout.
2 offers, 100 seeds for $4.00 each & 500 seeds for $18.00 each.
Echinocereus engelmannii var. chrysocentrus, 100 seeds, $4.00
Echinocereus engelmannii var. chrysocentrus, 100 seeds, $4.00
Echinocereus engelmannii var. chrysocentrus, 500 seeds, $18.00
Echinocereus engelmannii var. chrysocentrus, 500 seeds, $18.00

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> Echinocereus reichenbachii var. albispinus, "Lace Cactus", 12"H x 18"W
Troy, Johnston Co., OK, ex. Mesa Garden 250.52, Hardiness: Z5a-8a, Sun Exposure: Full, The popular Troy County, Oklahoma form here, forming tight clumps of small stems, densely covered with pure white spines. Flowers light pink with orangey centers.
1 offer, 1-3 inch seedling plants, shipped bare root, for $12.50 each.
> Echinocereus reichenbachii var. albispinus, "Lace Cactus", 12"H x 18"W
Johnston Co., OK, ex. Jeff Thompson JRT 227, Hardiness: Z5a-8a, Sun Exposure: Full sun, A Jeff Thompson collection from Johnston County, Oklahoma, similar in description the Troy County listing above, but this form having some reddish or pinkish tipped spines. Flowers also light pink with orangey centers.
1 offer, 1-3 inch seedling, shipped bare root, for $12.50 each.
> Echinocereus reichenbachii var. caespitosa, "Lace Hedgehog Cactus", 12"H x 12"W
Young Co., TX, ex. Jeff Thompson JRT 413, Hardiness: Z6b-9b, Sun Exposure: Full sun, Plants solitary to few stemmed clumps, Multicolored spines of white, yellow & brown lay close to the stem. Magenta flowers.
1 offer, 1-3 inch seedlings, shipped bare root, for $12.50 each.
> Echinocereus reichenbachii var. caespitosa, "Lace Hedgehog Cactus", 12"H x 12"W
Johnston Co., OK, ex. Jeff Thompson JRT 214, Hardiness: Z6b-9b, Sun Exposure: Full sun, Solitary to few stemmed clumps. Bright, pure white spines on this form. Magenta flowers.
1 offer, 1-3 inch seedling plant, shipped bare root, for $12.50 each.
> Echinocereus reichenbachii var. caespitosa "castaneus", "Lace Hedgehog Cactus", 12"H x 12"W
Llano Co., TX, ex. Jeff Thompson JRT 422,  Hardiness: Z6b-9b, Sun Exposure: Full sun, Solitary to few stemmed clumps. Spines shaggy, interlacing in rusty orange tones lay flat against the stem. Magenta flowers.
1 offer, 1-3 inch seedlings, shipped bare root, for $12.50 each.
Echinocereus X roetteri "Orogrande", "Lloyd's Hedgehog Cactus", 18"H x 36"W
Otero Co., NM, 5000 feet, ex. Mesa Garden # 250.84, Hardiness: Z6b-9b, Sun Exposure: Full sun, New Mexico hybrid plants between Echinocereus coccineus and dasyacanthus, overall more clump forming than X lloydii with similarly variable flowers.
Flickr photo gallery link: 3 pictures: Here
1 offer: 1-3 inch seedling plants, shipped bare root, for $12.50 each.
Echinocereus reichenbachii var. albispinus, Troy Co., OK, $12.50
Echinocereus reichenbachii var. albispinus, Troy Co., OK, $12.50

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Coryphantha sulcata, Val Verde Co., TX, $12.50
Coryphantha sulcata, Val Verde Co., TX, $12.50
Echinocereus reichenbachii var. caespitosa, Kimble Co., TX, $12.50
Echinocereus reichenbachii var. caespitosa, Kimble Co., TX, $12.50
Echinocereus coccineus "Scarlet Glory", Otero Co., NM, $12.50
Echinocereus coccineus "Scarlet Glory", Otero Co., NM, $12.50
Echinocereus reichenbachii var. albispinus, Johnston Co., OK, $12.50
Echinocereus reichenbachii var. albispinus, Johnston Co., OK, $12.50
Echinocereus reichenbachii var. caespitosa, Young Co., TX, $12.50
Echinocereus reichenbachii var. caespitosa, Young Co., TX, $12.50
Echinocereus reichenbachii var. caespitosa, Johnston Co., OK, $12.50
Echinocereus reichenbachii var. caespitosa, Johnston Co., OK, $12.50
Echinocereus reichenbachii var. caespisosa "castaneus", Llano Co., TX, $12.50
Echinocereus reichenbachii var. caespisosa "castaneus", Llano Co., TX, $12.50

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