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Accepted Scientific Name: Echinocereus nivosus Glass & R.A.Foster
Cact. Succ. J. (Los Angeles) 50: 18 (-19), figs. 1978
This Echinocereus is a gorgeous white spined clumper and one of the best members of the genus. Over time it produces a mound of about 60 cm across with so dense, fine white spines that you can't see the green plant.
Origin and Habitat: Coahuila, Mexico
Habitat: Plants grow in steep slopes above 1.800 meters of elevation.
Description: Echinocereus nivosus is a small upright cactus that forms compact mounds.
Stems: Dark green up to 12 cm tall, 4 cm in diameter. The stems are totally covered with soft snow white spines.
Ribs: 10 to 15.
Spines: Short, very dense, erect, thin, needle-like of a pure white colour.
Central spines: 10 to 15.
Radial spines: 25 to 40.
Flowers: The flowers are large glossy pink to rich purple , with bright green stamens. narrow at the tips of the stems, up to 5cm in diameter.
Blooming season: Spring
Echinocereus albatus (Echinocereus nivosus) Photo by: Valentino Vallicelli
In spring it produces fabulous glossy magenta /pink flowers, with bright green stamens. (Echinocereus nivosus) Photo by: Andrea B.
Echinocereus albatus (Echinocereus nivosus) Photo by: Andrea B.
Echinocereus albatus (Echinocereus nivosus) Photo by: Cactus Art
Cultivation and Propagation: E. nivosus is relatively easy to grow and very attractive. Rot easily it is sensitive to overwatering (rot prone), so perfect soil drainage is a must. In the summer they need an airy location in bright sun; well watered when it's hot. To achieve the best spine density give these plants lots of sun. In the winter light, cool, and absolutely dry conditions. Very cold resistant above approx -9 C or less for short periods of time.
In mild climate they grow well when planted freely outside in well-drained soil.
Propagation: Seeds, Cuttings
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