General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Dry Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 8a -12.2 °C (10 °F) to -9.4 °C (15 °F)
Plant Height: Up to 6-12 inches
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Suitable for miniature gardens
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Offsets
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth

Common names
  • Arizona Ruby Rainbow Hedgehog Cactus
  • Sonoran Rainbow Cactus
  • Pink Comb Cactus
  • Arizona Rainbow Hedgehog Cactus
  • Alicoche
Also sold as:
  • Echinocereus rigidissimus subsp. rubrispinus

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Photo by Jai_Ganesha
Location: South Jordan, Utah, United States
Date: 2018-11-07
Photo by Hamwild

Date: 2009-06-21

Date: 2018-06-17

Date: 2020-04-30
Location: Opp, AL  Z8b
Date: 2023-04-27
Location: Opp, AL  Z8b
Date: 2022-01-23

Date: 2019-06-02
Photo by mcvansoest
Location: Opp, AL  Z8b
Date: 2024-04-12

Date: 2018-06-17
Location: South Jordan, Utah, United States
Date: 2018-05-21

Date: 2018-05-11
Location: Baja California
Date: 2011-08-07
Photo by mcvansoest
Location: Opp, AL  Z8b
Date: 2018-06-21

Date: 2010-06-03

Date: 2020-06-28

Date: 2018-06-28

Date: 2018-04-12

Date: 2023-06-03
Location: Sun Lakes, AZ
Date: 2020-04-06

Date: 2020-06-28

Date: 2020-06-28
Photo by LAGardengirl

Date: 2018-06-17
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  • Posted by Baja_Costero (Baja California - Zone 11b) on Sep 23, 2019 2:17 PM concerning plant:
    Strikingly beautiful and photogenic cactus with abundant red spines in a pectinate arrangement, clasping the stem. Solitary. Flowers are large and pink, red or magenta, with white throats. Provide strong light and excellent drainage in cultivation. Do not overwater.

    This subspecies differs from Alicoche (Echinocereus rigidissimus subsp. rigidissimus) in its more abundant, redder spines and smaller diameter, also its origin (Chihuahua, not AZ/NM/SON).
Discussion Threads about this plant
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Echinocereus rigidissimus subsp. rubispinus by Monetwwqi Aug 29, 2018 9:52 AM 3
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