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  Echinocereus nivosus
(Syn: Echinocereus albatus)
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Echinocereus nivosus
 


Photo and copyright by Andrea B. (Bologna, Italy)
http://www.cactusfriends.com/Andrea/index.html 

This Echinocereus is a gorgeous white spined clumper. Over time it produces a mound of about 60 cm across.
 

Description: Echinocwereus nivosusis a small upright cactus that forms compact mounds
Stems: Dark green up to 12 cm tall, 4 cm in diameter. The stems are totally covered with soft snow white spines.
Ribs: 10 to 15.
Spines: Short, very dense, erect, thin, needle-like of a pure white colour.
Central spines: 10 to 15.
Radial spines: 25 to 40.
Flowers: The flowers are large glossy pink to rich purple , with bright green stamens. narrow at the tips of the stems, up to 5cm in diameter.
Blooming season: Spring
 

Cultivation: E. nivosus  is relatively easy to grow and very attractive. Rot easily it is sensitive to overwatering (rot prone), so perfect soil drainage is a must.  In the summer they need an airy location in bright sun; well watered when it's hot. To achieve the best spine density give these plants lots of sun. In the winter light, cool, and absolutely dry conditions. Very cold resistant  above approx -9 C or less for short periods of time.
In mild climate
they grow well when planted freely outside in well-drained soil.

Propagation: Seeds, Cuttings

 

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Family: Cactaceae (Cactus Family)


Scientific name:  Echinocereus nivosus Glass & R.C.Foster: Anderson, E. F. (2001)

Origin Coahuila, Mexico

Habitat:  Plants grow in steep slopes above 1.800 meters of elevation.

Conservation status: Listed in CITES appendix 2.

Synonyms:  
  • Echinocereus albatus Backeb.
 



Photo and copyright by Andrea B. (Bologna, Italy)
http://www.cactusfriends.com/Andrea/index.html 
In spring it produces fabulous glossy magenta /pink flowers, with bright green stamens.


E. nivosus is one of the best members of the genus, it makes nice cluster with so dense, fine white spines that you can't see the green plant.

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