Echinocactus texensis

Scientific Name:  Echinocactus texensis
Synonyms:  Homalocephela texensis
Common Name:  Horse Crippler
Other Names:  Devil's Head
Devil's Pincushion
Manca Caballo
Etymology:  Echinocactus: echinos (hedgehog); kaktos (thistle) [Greek]
Homalocephala: homalo (even); kephale (head) [Greek]
Texensis: for Texas
Origin:  Mexico
Light:  Full sun.
Soil:  Typical mix: 1 part potting soil to 1 part coarse sand.
Water:  Typical: Drench soil and let dry from Spring through Fall. Water sparingly during Winter dormancy period.
Min Temperature:  10F.
Blooms:  Salmon
Comments:  Western ranchers used to drag chains through pasture lands to uproot these pests. The stiff spines are positioned to cripple livestock that carelessly trod too close to them. Spines are reported to be able to puncture car tires. Our plant was purchased at
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