General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 6a -23.3 °C (-10 °F) to -20.6 °C (-5 °F)
Flower Color: Green
Other: Yellowish green
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Will Naturalize
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth
Conservation status: Least Concern (LC)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Least Concern
Common names
  • Hedgehog Cactus
  • Green Pitaya
  • Green-flowered Pitaya
  • Alicoche
  • Nylon Hedgehog Cactus

  • Posted by Johannian (The Black Hills, SD - Zone 5a) on Jan 11, 2022 9:18 PM concerning plant:
    Range: southeastern Wyoming and western South Dakota; south to eastern New Mexico and western Texas. Additional info: pitaya (pronounced pee-tah'-yah) is the phonetic spelling of the original Spanish pitahaya, a name given to species of Echinocereus but more broadly applied to a number of cacti which produce sweet, edible fruit.
  • Posted by HeidiColorado (Denver CO - Zone 5b) on Apr 12, 2022 12:56 AM concerning plant:
    I have a variety of this from Baca County, Colorado. It has overwintered well here outside in a gravel berm in Denver. Very pretty red and white spines!

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