Blank's Alicoche

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Echinocereus blanckii - Cactaceae, Cactus Family

DESCRIPTION: Young stems erect, then sprawling when older; cylinder-shaped and twisted, 14 inches long and 1 to 2 inches wide. Spines white to brown, or gray, the central spine is curved downward. 

Height: To 6 inches. 

Flowers: Very large, 3-1/2 inches wide, showy lavender to light purple 
with a darker purple throat. 
March to May. 

Fruit: A small berry that can be greenish, brownish or purplish 

Growth rate: Slow


Sun: Shade to partial sun, NEVER EVER put in full sun

Soil: Any. Usually found in silty-clay soils by arroyo banks.

Drainage: Good to moderate

Water: Do not over water 

Maintenance: Best if left alone

Propagation: Vegetative. 

NATIVE HABITAT: Found under brush along Arroyo Colorado in Cameron County, 
and westward along Llano Grande Lake and its inlets to south of Alamo, Texas. 

WILDLIFE USE: Bees use nectar and pollen. Fruits are eaten by small mammals and Texas tortoises. 

COMMENTS: When undisturbed, can form a flat round clump up to 3 feet wide.


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