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Plant of the Week 05/08/02020

May 8, 2020

Pincushion Cactus
Escobaria Vivipara
Zone 4-9

 

A small, barrel shaped cactus that is covered in large spines. Blooms in summer with beautiful pink flowers that resemble eyelashes. Yellow pollen against the pink flowers add a pretty contrast that makes this cactus great near character stones or a cactus garden.

 

Expect bees and hummingbirds to visit the flowers. A compact cactus that rarely grows larger than 10 inches. Plant in soil ammended with sand to provide proper drainage.Water occasionally when planting, be careful to not drown. Rain is usually sufficient for water once established.

 

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