Echinocereus rigidissimus

4 inch pot specimens.
4 inch pot specimens.
Mature specimens.

The Echinocereus rigidissimus is indigenous to the United States (Arizona and New Mexico), and Mexico (Sonora and Chihuahua). At full maturity, this cactus forms a clump approximately 2' wide by 1' tall. It sports beautiful, bright pinkish-red to magenta bands. Each band denotes approximately 1 year of growth.

The Echinocereus rigidissimus grows stunning, showy bright pink flowers. Flowers are nearly 3" long and 4" wide. Blooming season occurs in late spring to summer (May - July).


-Centerpiece species

1. Colorful body (bright pinkish-red to magenta bands)
2. Stunning, showy bright pink flowers


Echinocereus rigidissimus ssp. rigidissimus
Cereus pectinatus -v- rigidissimus
Echinocereus pectinatus -v- rigidissimus

Plant Details
USDA Zone Information: 
9a - 11
Flower : 
Bright pinkish-red
Ideal Light Conditions: 
Sun to partial shade
Ideal Water Conditions: 
Moderate in summer/Dry in winter
Mature Height: 
Mature Width: 
1' - 2'
Latin Name: 
Echinocereus rigidissimus
Common Name: 
Arizona Rainbow Hedgehog Cactus, Sonoran Rainbow Cactus, Arizona Rainbow Cactus, Rainbow Hedgehog Cactus

Corporate Clients (The King hangs hard)


RoboCop (1987)
RoboCop 2 (1990)
Hot Pursuit (2015)


USA Network's Queen of the South (2019)

Botanical Gardens:

New York Botanical Gardens
Oklahoma City Zoo/Botanical Gardens
Mercer Arboretum in Houston, Texas
Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids, Michigan


Houston, TX Zoo
San Antonio, TX Zoo

Other Clientele:

Houston, TX Rodeo

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