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Glory of Texas
Scientific Name: Thelocactus bicolor (Galeotti) Britton & Rose
Synonym: Thelocactus bicolor var. wagnerianus, Echinocactus wagnerianus, Echinocactus bicolor var. schottii, Echinocactus rhodophthalmus, Echinocactus schottii, Thelocactus schottii, Thelocactus bicolor var. schottii, Echinocactus bolaensis, Thelocactus bicolor var. texensis, Thelocactus bicolor var. tricolor, Thelocactus wagnerianus, Thelocactus pottsii, Echinocactus bicolor var. tricolor, Thelocactus bicolor var. pottsii, Thelocactus bicolor var. commodus, Thelocactus bicolor ssp. bolaensis, Echinocactus bicolor var. bolaensis, Thelocactus bicolor var. bolaensis, Echinocactus bolansis, Cactus bicolor, Hamatocactus bicolor, Ferocactus bicolor, Echinocactus bicolor, Ferocactus bicolor var. bolaensis, Echinocactus bicolor var. pottsii
Family: Cactaceae
Glory of Texas (Thelocactus  bicolor) Recommended Temperature Zone:
USDA: 9-10

Frost Tolerance: Hardy in Phoenix, hardy to 20 F (-7C)

Sun Exposure: Light shade in summer in Phoenix, else full sun

Origin: Chihuahua desert of northern and central Mexico, Texas

Growth Habits: Globular stem cactus up to 4 inches in diameter (10 cm)

Watering Needs: Summer grower


The second and third pictures are of Thelocactus bicolor v. schottii.

There are a number of varieties of Thelocactus bicolor

NameMin. TempOrigin 
Thelocactus bicolor var. bicolor20 F (-7C)Mexico 
Thelocactus bicolor var. bolansis10 F (-12C)Coahuilafrom Sierra Bola, 8 inches tall (20 cm)
Thelocactus bicolor var. flavidispinus10 F (-12C)Texas3 inches in diameter (8 cm), 2 inches tall (5 cm)
Thelocactus bicolor var. schottii10 F (-12C)Texas, Chihuahuanow considered synonymous with var. bicolor
Thelocactus bicolor var. schwarzii10 F (-12C)Tamaulipas 
Thelocactus bicolor var. tricolor20 F (-7C)  

Thelocactus bicolor v. schottii

Glory of Texas (Thelocactus  bicolor)

Blooming Habits:
Pink and white flowers.

Fruiting Habits:

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