“King Cup” Echinocereus triglochidiatus

This variation has more orange in the flower color. Will form new growing heads as it ages. New spines display darkly as older spines turn more grayish white. Zone 5-8

“Scarlet Hedgehog” Echinocereus coccineus

Red to reddish-orange blossoms on a shaggy spined plant are showy as blooms stay open for nearly a week before closing. Single stem plants quickly mound with new growing heads. Will shrink back in winter but quickly plump up again in the spring. Zone 5-8

“Spineless Claret Cup” Echinocereus triglochidiatus v. inermisi

Nearly spineless 3-6″ stems forming large mounds. Scarlet flowers erupt on stem edges staying open nearly 7 days before closing. Originally found in Colorado & Utah. Zone 5-7

“White Sands” Echinocereus triglochidiatus

Without a doubt the fastest, largest, and most spectacular of the claret cup family. The robust, stoutly-spined stems are topped with glowing scarlet flowers in late spring growing to a height of 2-3′ under favorable conditions. Plants put out new growing heads often forming large clumps. Zone 5-9

“Lace Hedgehog” Echinocereus reichenbachii v. albispinus

Rarely gets taller than 8″ but will clump nicely. Rose-pink flowers nearly obscure plant when blooming. Stems densely covered in pure white spines. Originally from Oklahoma. Zone 5-8

“Engelmann Hedgehog” Echinocereus engelmannii

A clumping mass of columnar stems widely varying form a few stems to as many as 70. Multicolored spines from white to yellow to dark brown or reddish. Large red fruit. Originally from northern Arizona. Zone 5-8

“Robust Hedgehog” Echinocereus fasciculatus

Attractive multi-stemmed plant with multicolored spines both short and long. Flowers of rich magenta. Originally found in southeastern Arizona and into southwest New Mexico. Zone 5-7

“Strawberry Hedgehog” Echinocereus stramineus

Can form mounds with 100 or more stems up to 3′ across. Dense straw colored shaggy spines show off deep pink blossoms. Red fruits in fall taste like strawberries. Originally found in the Chihuahuan Desert in southern New Mexico and the Big Bend area of west Texas. Zone 6-9