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Cabeza Prieta Natural History Association
Sonoran Desert Plants
Echinocereus nicholii (Golden Hedgehog Cactus, Golden Spine Hedgehog Cactus)

Ajo Peak at Night


 Echinocereus nicholii

 Echinocereus nicholii

 Echinocereus nicholii

Habitat: bajadas, rocky slopes
Life Form: cactus,low columnar
Leaf Description: leafless
Flower Color: lavender or purple or violet
Flowering Period: Feb. to May
Spines: long straight spines without sheaths
Family: Cactaceae (cactus family)
Abundance: locally common
Additional Information:
Felger, R.S., S. Rutman, J. Malusa, and M.A. Baker. 2014. Ajo Peak to Tinajas Altas: Flora of Southwestern Arizona: Part 7. Eudicots: Cactaceae - Cactus Family. Phytoneuron 2014-69, 1-95 page 41 (13.5 MB pdf)

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Our member horticultural expert is Hank Jorgensen. For more information on this plant species, see Hank's page on Echinocereus nicholii (opens in a new tab).






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