Fishhook cactus, Hedgehog cactus
Echinocactus setispinus var. setaceus (Thelocactus setispinus var.
setaceus) - Cactaceae, Cactus Family
DESCRIPTION: Somewhat columnar barrel cactus, central spine is shaped like a fishhook.
Height: To 15 inches tall, usually 12 inches
Flowers: Showy, light yellow with a red throat. February through fall.
Fruit: A small red berry
Growth rate: Slow
Sun: Partial sun, morning sun
Water: Do not over water
Maintenance: Best if left alone
NATIVE HABITAT: Found throughout the Rio Grande Delta in the shade of trees and shrubs.
WILDLIFE USE: Fruit is eaten by birds, small mammals, and Texas tortoises. Bees particularly like this cactus' blooms for the pollen and nectar.
COMMENTS: Three to five flowers, of varying shades of yellow, can appear at one time. As the flowers age, they can take on a rose color.