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Ancistrocactus uncinatus

Chihuahuan Fishhook Cactus

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Features

  • BloomsApril
  • Height0.1m to 0.2m
  • Spread4m to 7m
  • Growth HabitCactus-like
  • Flower ColourBurgundy, brown
  • Leaf ColourDark green

Description

Ancistrocactus uncinatus (Chihuahuan Fishhook Cactus). This is a columnar cacti which is pale blue-green in colour with long hooked spines in dark red and straw yellow. In spring, large daisy-like burgundy-brown flower appear, with pale yellow petal margins and anthers.

Also known as Glandulicactus uncinatus, Echinocactus uncinatus,
Sclerocactus uncinatus,
Thelocactus uncinatus,
Pediocactus uncinatus,
Ferocactus uncinatus,
Echinomastus uncinatus and
Hamatocactus uncinatus.

Characteristics

Perennial, Evergreen, Cactus

Origin

Mexico, USA,Texas

Interest and use

Grown for its form and flowers.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessTender (min 11°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Gritty
  • WaterDry

Cultivation

This plants needs full sun, very freely draining soil and good ventilation. It needs to be completely dry during winter. It can survive cold up to -7. Can rot if over-watered.

Propagation

By seed.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Prone to mealy bugs

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