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Echinopsis backebergii
Scientific Name: Echinopsis backebergii Werdermann ex. Backeberg
Synonym: Lobivia zecheri, Echinopsis boedekeriana, Lobivia boedekeriana, Lobivia backebergii, Lobivia winterana, Lobivia wrightiana, Lobivia oxyalabastra
Family: Cactaceae
Echinopsis  backebergii
Lobivia wrightiana at the Huntington Gardens in April
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: Bolivia, Peru

Growth Habits: Solitary or clumping, globose cactus, up to 3 inches tall (7 cm), 2 inches in diameter (5 cm)

Watering Needs: Little water, needs good drainage


The third picture is of a cactus found in the trade as Lobivia oxyalabastra. This taxon is now generally included in Echinopsis backebergii.

Echinopsis  backebergii

As Lobivia oxyalabastra

Blooming Habits:
Red flowers with often lighter throats, 1.5 inches in diameter (4 cm)

Fruiting Habits:

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