Claret Cup Cactus (Echinocereus Engelm), aka hedgehog cactus, Symbol: ECHIN3, Group: Dicot, Family: Cactaceae, Growth Habit: Shrub Subshrub, Duration: Perennial, U.S. Nativity: Native. View 48 genera in CactaceaeClaret Cup grows in gravelly soils of grasslands, shrublands, many pine communities, or within rocky outcropings. at elevations of about three thousand to seven thousand feet.
The scarlet red flowers, contain many petals, and grow in a cup-shape from which the plant draws it's name. The flowers are one to two inches long. Hummingbirds attracted to the plants' nectar are the primary pollinators. Blooming season runs from April to June. Unlike many cacti species Claret Cup flowers stay open at night and they may endure three to five days.
Creator: Stolz, Gary M., Source: WO8235-001, Publisher: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Contributor: DIVISION OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS, Language: EN - ENGLISH, Rights: (public domain), Audience: (general)
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Text Reference: USDA-NRCS. 2005. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov). National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA
Kingdom Plantae – Plants, Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants, Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants, Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants, Class Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons, Subclass Caryophyllidae –, Order Caryophyllales –, Family Cactaceae – Cactus family , Genus Echinocereus Engelm. – hedgehog cactus.
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