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A Schick Hybrid. ISI 97-30; HBG 80616, Schick 1255-30. The blooms are magenta and bicoloured with bronze/orange, an unusual combination of colours.
Origin and Habitat: Garden origin (A distictive cultivar created by cacti enthusiast and hybridiser Bob Schick )
Description: This cultivar is the result of more than 20 years of devoted work by cacti enthusiast and hybridiser Bob Schick. ( ISI 97-30; HBG 80616, Schick 1255-30.)
Stem: Spherical to semicolumnar, up to 8 cm across, freely pupping.
Spines: Central spine up to 20-25 mm long.
Flowers: Up to 11 cm across.
Tepals: Tepals not numberose, slender lanceolate to obovate, bicolored mainly deep magenta with thin, dark bronzy-orange or deep red basal stripe and midrib. Outer tepaloids and sepaloids similar in colour to inner tepals.
Throat-circle: With a bright white ring.
Subspecies, varieties, forms and cultivars of plants belonging to the Echinopsis hybrid (Schick Hybrids) group
- Echinopsis cv. Anastasia: has delicate bicoloured white with lilac-pink flowers, with a brighter pink midrib on outer petals.
- Echinopsis cv. Beautiful Dreamer: has apricot or salmon pink flowers outer tepals pinkish with a purple-violet mid-line.
- Echinopsis cv. Candlelight: has small to medium sized bicolored blooms (up to 9 cm across) sand yellow and pure yellow.
- Echinopsis cv. Cassandra: has two-toned blooms up to 11/12 cm across. Bright purple/red whit a light orange midrib.
- Echinopsis cv. Coquette: has bright yellow, fragrant blooms, up to 11(-12) cm across, but usually less than 10 cm.
- Echinopsis cv. Crepe Crusader: light magenta with cream-colored to light orange basal stripe and dark pinkish-red midrib.
- Echinopsis cv. Daydream: has bicolored blooms, Up to 11.5 cm across, tannish-orange and pink with darker pink midrib.
- Echinopsis cv. Don Juan: has bicoloured blooms, deep purple with a deep red base and midrib, outer tepals largely red.
- Echinopsis cv. Eclipse: flowers up to 11 cm across, pinkish-red with a lighter midrib. Outer tepals yellow and project beyond the darker inners.
- Echinopsis cv. Eddie: has delicate pink blooms with fine pink outer margin, light pinkish-red basal stripe and salmon-pink darker midrib.
- Echinopsis cv. Edwardian Lady: has bicolored purplish-pink and white flowers with narrow bright yellow basal stripe. Up to 12 cm across.
- Echinopsis cv. Elegant Lady: Flowers white, with outer tepals projecting beyond inners, bicolored white and light pinkish-purple.
- Echinopsis cv. Eroica: Flowers up to 10,5 cm cm across, rich pink with darker midrib and paler margin.
- Echinopsis cv. Galaxy: flowers white with prominent purplish-pink basal stripe and midrib.
- Echinopsis cv. Gossamer: flowers light lavender-pink with darker midrib and a small rounded white area at base.
- Echinopsis cv. Hot Lips: flowers dark scarlet about 10-11cm across.
- Echinopsis cv. Icarus: flowers pale pastel yellow with bright yellow midrib.
- Echinopsis cv. Intrigue: Flowers dark red tinted purple with an orange midrib. Outer tepals pale tawny-colored.
- Echinopsis cv. Jealousy: flowers bright to pastel yellow. Sepaloids pinkish-purple longer than tepals.
- Echinopsis cv. Lochinvar: flowers lavender-pink with darker midrib.
- Echinopsis cv. Madame Pele: flowers bicoloured flowers up to 10/12 cm across, dark vermilion with bright paler magenta margin.
- Echinopsis cv. Maria Piazza: has large sized flowers up to 15 cm across, rich purplish-pink with dark pinkish-red midrib.
- Echinopsis cv. Maria Piazza f. cristasta: Crested form.
- Echinopsis cv. Monet: flowers bicolored pastel magenta to dusky purplish-red and bronzy-orange. Outer tepals paler than inners.
- Echinopsis cv. Princess Anne: flowers pale pink with a white base the midrib may be slightly deeper pink.
- Echinopsis cv. Romance: flowers dark velvety pink with narrow pale purplish-pink margins and dark reddish-pink midrib.
- Echinopsis cv. Samantha Smith: blooms are about 12 cm in diameter, ruffled, yellowish-orange.
- Echinopsis cv. Sierra Skyline: Up to 14 cm across prominently fringed apricot to salmon. Outers mainly light purplish-pink.
- Echinopsis cv. Sorceress: flowers bicolored mainly deep magenta with thin, dark bronzy-orange or deep red basal stripe and midrib.
- Echinopsis cv. Spring Blush: flowers beige-pink with white to yellow basal stripe and pink midrib.
- Echinopsis cv. Spring Symphony: flowers light purplish-pink with darker midrib, a white margin and yellow to ivory-coloured basal stripe.
- Echinopsis cv. Syncopation: petals subequal, dark pinkish-purple, with darker reddish midrib.
- Echinopsis cv. Temptress: blooms are about 11 cm across, dark satiny fuchsia with deep red at base.
- Echinopsis cv. Träumerei: blooms large, up to 13 cm in diameter pastel orange suffused with magenta, midrib light yellow/amber.
- Echinopsis cv. Windigo: Bicolored magenta and bronzy orange to bright red with paler midrib.
Bibliography: Major references and further lectures
1) John N. Trager "Huntington Botanical Gardens" online: http://www.huntington.org/BotanicalDiv/Schick/hybrids/sorceress.html retrieved on 03-11-2013
Echinopsis cv. Sorceress Photo by: Cactus Art
Echinopsis cv. Sorceress Photo by: Cactus Art
Cultivation and Propagation: This plant is a summer grower species that offers no cultivation difficulties. Water regularly in summer (but do not overwater ) needs good drainage and very porous soil, keep rather dry in winter. Feed with a high potassium fertilizer in summer. Need a bright exposure, full sun or half shade in summer if the location is exceedingly hot or bright.
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