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
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.