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Item ID: 17
Family: Cactaceae
Genus: Echinocereus
Species: fasciculatus
Common Name: Hedgehog
Habitat: Found in a variety of desert soils and terrains in valleys, hills and mountainous areas from about 2,000 to 6,000 ft. elevation.
Range: Southern Arizona, New Mexico and Sonora, Mexico
Care: Very easy plant to grow in Tucson. This plant is an area native and can survive with very little care.
Propagation: Seed and offset stem cuttings
Size: Clumping plants may have up to 30 stems and form clumps 24 inches wide and 18 inches tall.
Shape: Clustering
Flowers: Flowers occur in the early spring and are light to dark magenta in color.
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Description
This Echinocereus is know for being rather abundant in the Tucson area, and the dark brown central spine near the top of the stem makes it easy to identify. Flowers are seen in April or May and can be a very nice surprise for those unfamiliar viewers.

Author Comments
This is a great plant to have in the cactus garden. Sometimes cultivated plants are given a little extra water to keep them looking nice but remember that this is a desert plant that is quite adaptable to the Tucson climate. Please don't over-water!

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Item ID: 36
Family: Cactaceae
Genus: Echinocereus
Species: engelmannii
Common Name: Engelmann's Hedgehog, Strawberry Hedgehog
Habitat: Found from around 200 to 7,500 feet elevation, mainly in rocky desert areas.
Range: This plant is distributed from near San Diego, California through the Mojave Desert and Nevada to Maricopa, Pima and Cochise Counties in Arizona. It is also found in northern Baja and Sonora, Mexico.
Care: Many Echinocereus species are easily grown outside in garden locations here in Tucson. They may require very little attention but could be attacked by grubs from the common cactus beetle. Check for any signs of yellowing or non-growth. Sometimes the beetle larve can devastate a plant before it can be saved so be cautious.
Propagation: By seed or by separation of segments from a more mature plant.
Size: This is not an unusually large plant. Stem segment are commonly to around 18 inches in height and no more than 2 inches wide. Clustered plants may exceed 24 inches wide.
Shape: Clustering
Flowers: Flowering usually starts in May and flower colors can vary from a light pink to Magenta.
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Description
This is a heavily spined plant with variable spine color. Most plants may have gray to nearly white spines with stems on clustered plants usually not tightly clustered. The fruits are very tasty and edible and have a distant history of use by native americans.

Author Comments
Engelmann's hedgehog is rarely found native in or around Tucson although it may rarely be seen. E. engelmannii has been grown and planted in many private gardens all around Tucson for many years thanks to the availability of finding the plant in garden centers.

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