Desription: E. lindsay is an heavily
spined cactus with usually a solitary stem, but sometime it branches
forming clumps with several stems. The spines are very
robust and long almost obscuring the stem.
Stem: Up to 13 cm tall and 10 cm in diameter. Spherical to
cylindrical, grey-green to green.
Central spines: Usually
4 (but sometime up to 7) strong,
round in cross section, 1,5 to 10 cm long usually curved, bright red
when young later dark grey to brown.
Radial spines: 8 to 14
shorter, spreading, whitish 0,8 to 4,5 cm long.
Flowers: 6-10 cm long, 4-9,5 cm broad, arising laterally near the
apex, funnel-shaped, pink, bright purple to dark magenta with an orange
to deep-red contrasting throat. Sigma reddish.
Blooming season: May.
Cultivation: This plant from Baja California needs
and can resist only occasional light frost, above -2C. It is sensitive to overwatering (rot
prone) and needs good drainage.
Fertilize with half-strength
liquid fertilizer in summer. Keep
absolutely dry in winter.
Needs full sun;
Propagation: Seeds or cutting (if available)