Strawberry Cactus

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STRAWBERRY CACTUS, Pitaya

Echinocereus enneacanthus - Cactaceae, Cactus Family

DESCRIPTION: Clustering, cylinder-shaped cactus, forming colonies to 3 feet across. 

Height: To 1 foot. 

Flowers: Very large, pink to purple-red, 
3 inches wide with yellow anthers. Spring, usually April. 

Fruit: Large round, greenish to brownish to purplish berries, to about 
1 inch wide. 

Growth rate: Slow

REQUIREMENTS:

Sun: Partial to full sun, best in partial sun

Soil: Any

Drainage: Good 

Water: Do not over water 

Maintenance: Best if left alone

Propagation: Seeds

NATIVE HABITAT: Found in the eastern Rio Grande Valley and westward to the Big Bend region.

WILDLIFE USE: Flowers provide nectar and pollen for bees and other flying insects. Fruits are eaten by birds, Texas 
tortoises and small mammals,

COMMENTS: The flesh of the fruit is edible, 
delicious, and tastes much like strawberries.


STRAWBERRY CACTUS

 

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