Named for the State of Texas where it is widely distributed. it is a round-shaped barrel with numerous flat ribs that grows very low to the ground with short but very thick pink or grey spines that can live for decades.
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Origin: This species is widespread and common in Texas, southeastern New Mexico, and Olkahoma (USA). It occurs also in northeastern Mexico (Coahuila, southern Nuevo León, Durango Tamaulipas)
H. texensis is, of course, named for the State of Texas where it is widely distributed and deserves to be more popular in cultivation. It is a round-shaped barrel with numerous flat ribs that grows very low to the ground with short but very thick pink o grey spines that can live for decades.
Description: It is a stout barrel cactus, which is solitary when young, very rarely slowly clustering in age.
Cultivation: H. texesis will do its best with lots of sun, it becomes stressed with inadequate light which could result in weak spines, poor health or even death. It does well with cool winter time temperatures and will tolerate temperatures down below -18°C or less if the roots are kept dry. This variety stores water in the parts of the plant which are above the soil leaving the root system small enough to fit into a proportionally sized flower pot. Needs well drained soil. It flowers easily as a house plant, but results will depend on a variety of growing conditions.
Propagation: Relatively easy to propagate by seeds.