Propagated Echinopsis Plants
This genus of globular cacti are very common in propagation, and in nature they range through Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil and Paraguay. The spiny appearance of these plants earned part of their name meaning hedgehog or sea urchin. Plant shapes and sizes vary over a range from small globular cacti to large columnar branching varieties. Some species grow in long stem sprawling formations, and can even be hanging basket plants. As a species they are a vague collection of cacti, and a large group with over 100 species. In propagation there are even more versions of this plant because hybrids are common and continue to be made by people who love especially the flowers of this species.
They have a reputation for producing impressive flowers - flowers usually come out at night and only last for one or two days in mid to late summer. The buds may seem strange looking for many people because they are usually very harry like a bat, but they open up to reveal some of the most intense colors ranging from lit pink through deep reds and magentas as well as oranges and whites. Some of the most impressive flower colors have been produced as hybrids in this genus, and it seems possible that a person could collect Echinopsis plants for a lifetime and still find new and interesting variations.
Echinopsis is also sometimes given a common name of, 'Easter Lily Cactus' because some varieties produce long white creamy funnel shaped flowers.
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