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Echinopsis formosa
Scientific Name: Echinopsis formosa (Pfeiff.) Jacobi ex Salm-Dyck
Synonym: Helianthocereus randallii, Trichocereus randallii, Echinopsis oreopogon, Acanthocalycium oreopogon, Lobivia rosarioana, Soehrensia oreopepon, Lobivia oreopepon, Trichocereus formosus, Acanthocalycium formosum, Soehrensia formosa, Lobivia formosa, Echinocactus formosus, Lobivia kieslingii, Echinopsis randallii
Family: Cactaceae
Echinopsis  formosa
Soehrensia formosa at Holly Gate, photo Terry Hewitt
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 16,17,21-24
USDA: 10-12

Frost Tolerance: Frost tender

Minimum Avg. Temperature: 50F (10C)

Heat Tolerance: Light shade in Phoenix

Sun Exposure: Outside full sun or afternoon shade, inside needs bright light, and some direct sun..

Origin: Western Argentina to Chile

Growth Habits: Solitary at first, greyish green stem, up to 5 feet tall (1.5 m), 10 to 20 inches in diameter (25-50 cm); 25 to 35 (to 50) ribs; yellowish brown spines; 3 to 8 centrals, 1.2 to 8 inches long (3 to 20 cm); 9 to 15 spreading radials, up to 1.2 inches long (3 cm)

Watering Needs: Little water, needs good drainage


Blooming Habits:
Red to orange to yellow diurnal flowers, 2.4 to 3.6 inches long and wide (6-9 cm).

Fruiting Habits:

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