Pianta stranissima con fusti verdi screziati in rosa, le poche spine sono di solito limitate alla base della pianta. iI fiori sono molto graziosi rosa e bianchi. Fiorisce facilmente in coltivazione. Le piante in vendita sono talee radicate.
Family: Cactaceae (Cactus Family)
Scientific name: Echinocereus pentalophus (DC.) Lemaire.
Origin: Garden origin (Nursery produced cultivar)
Conservation status: Listed in CITES appendix 2.
Description: It forms large low clusters of green and pink stems, some only a 5 mm across. The spines are few and usually limited to the basal portion of the stem. Sometimes it will have a normal "patch" and remain mostly monstrous. This cultivar shows many growing variations, with different monstrous shapes.
Cultivation: The E. pentalopus forma mostruosa is usually found grafted on stronger stocks, but it grows quite well on its own roots too. It needs good drainage, keep well ventilated, as it is prone to root rot. Protect from frosts and freezes. Hates the full sun in summer. Water regularly from March to October. It should be kept in a cool place during winter rest (it can briefly tolerate temp. as low as -7°C). Without this cool winter period these plants normally won't get many buds. Stems may possibly become purple and limp in winter, but revitalize in early spring. Feeding may not be necessary at all if the compost is fresh then, feed in summer only if the plant hasn't been repotted recently. Do not feed the plants from September onwards as this can cause lush growth which can be fatal during the darker cold months.
Propagation: By vegetative propagation grafting or stem cuttings from adult plants.