Echinocereus pentalophus f.ma mostruosa

Echinocereus pentalophus f.ma mostruosa

Echinocereus pentalophus f.ma mostruosa

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. The flowers are a lovely lilac pink and white. It blossoms freely in cultivation.
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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.  The flowers are a lovely lilac pink and white. It blossoms freely in cultivation.

Family: Cactaceae (Cactus Family)

Scientific name: Echinocereus pentalophus (DC.) Lemaire.
in: Cactées, 56 (1868)
Forma mostruosa

OriginGarden origin (Nursery produced cultivar)

Conservation status: Listed in CITES appendix 2.

Common NamesLady Finger Cactus, Dog Tail, Alicoche.


E. pentalophus forma mostruosa

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.
Flowers: Up to 7 cm long, brilliant lilac-pink with a distinct white throat can almost hide the plant
Blooming season: Blossom
s in mid April-may and eventually a second time in late summer.

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.