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Kingcup Cactus (Echinocereus)

Echinocereus triglochidiatus (Sandoval County Form)
SKU: HC018216
per Plant - 2.5" Pot
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Echinocereus triglochindiatus Sandoval County Form (Kingcup Cactus) is a small cactus with a robust nature. Its spring flowers are deep scarlet-red and are pollinated by hummingbirds and bees. Known for its thick, heavy spines, deer and rabbits will stay away. This selection is very cold hardy, and it makes a nice addition to a xeriscape or rock garden.
key features
Botanical Name
Echinocereus triglochidiatus (Sandoval County Form)
Growing Zones
Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8
Native, Bee Friendly, Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant, Small Spaces, Rock Gardens
Soil Moisture
Very Waterwise, Waterwise
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Mature Height
5-8" tall
Bloom Time


This form of Echinocereus triglochindiatus (Kingcup Cactus) was discovered by Steve Brack, in the Sandia Mountains of Sandoval County, New Mexico. Steve Brack is well known in the plant community as a plant explorer of succulent ecosystem from New Mexico to South Africa. Steve and his wife owned Mesa Garden, one of the most respected seed nurseries in the industry, which they opened in 1976 and ran for 41 years. Kingcup Cacti flower during the day, with flowers re-opening each morning for 2-3 days. Cold hardy and heat tolerant, this native cactus is well adapted to the wind range of climactic conditions found in the mountains of New Mexico. It can be found growing in rocky crevices, shrublands, conifer woodlands of the American Southwest. It clones from offshoots of the parent stem and from fallen fragments. Plant it in lean, low-fertility soil with good drainage in a full-sun location. Once established, it’s a low-maintenance addition to a xeric garden.