Echinocactus texensis, 'Pony Crippler'

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Echinocactus texensis, 'Pony Crippler'

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Well actually a "Horse Crippler' but this one is small at 3.5."

The Horse crippler cactus is 1–2 inches above the ground and up to 12 inches across. It is difficult to see, and many horses have been crippled from stepping on it. The species has good tolerance for frost and variable rainfall, hence its adaptation both for the hot Chihuahuan Desert and the moister grassland and woodland further east. The inverted bell-shaped flowers are 1– 2 3/4 inches across and about as tall. The outer petals are salmon-red, the inner ones salmon-pink with streaks of red. The edge of the petals have a feathery appearance. Anthers are pinkish to red, and the pistil is yellow to pink. 

 

Exposure: full sun

Irrigation (H2O Info): low, drought tolerant

Origin: collected in Sonora, Texas 

Native Range: west, central and south Texas. Now uncommon from North-central to South and West Texas into Mexico due to eradication by ranchers.

Size: 8ˮ x 12ˮ

Flowers: Pink or violet, with feathery edges, red centers and yellow stigma

Winter Hardiness: 10˚ F

Zone: 7 to 11

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