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
Sun: Partial to full sun, best in partial sun
Water: Do not over water
Maintenance: Best if left alone
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.