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Echinopsis oxygona

Common Name(s):

Previously known as:

  • Echinopsis multiplex
Phonetic Spelling
ek-in-OP-sis ok-SEE-goh-nuh
Description

Easter Lily Cactus is native to Brazil and Argentina and is in the Cactaceae family. These cacti are usually rounded in form with 11- 18 ribs and many stout spines. They are known for producing large white or pink flowers on long wooly stems that open in the evening and close by midday. They are not only showy but have a light pleasing scent. Blooms occur in spring to summer. In a pot, these cacti may reach 2 feet across and 1 foot tall. They will produce offsets that can be used to propagate new plants when they are large enough. 

Easter lily cactus is fairly fast-growing for a cactus so will require a little more water than some cacti do. It likes bright light but will appreciate some protection from the afternoon sun if growing outdoors. In a pot, be sure to use a well-draining succulent mix to prevent root rot and cut back on watering in the winter. It is able to withstand a light frost if kept dry. 

In warm winter areas, this plant can be used in rock or crevice gardens. Most often this plant is used as a container houseplant.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: No significant problems but watch for mealy bugs.  Overwatering can lead to fungal diseases.  

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Tags:
#fragrant#evergreen#showy flowers#fragrant flowers#heat tolerant#drought tolerant#white flowers#succulent#pink flowers#rabbit resistant#disease resistant#deer resistant#spines#large flowers#long lifespan#rock garden#cactus#rocky soils tolerant#dry soils tolerant#non-toxic for horses#non-toxic for dogs#non-toxic for cats#frost intolerant#container plant#showy#mat forming#insect resistant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#fragrant#evergreen#showy flowers#fragrant flowers#heat tolerant#drought tolerant#white flowers#succulent#pink flowers#rabbit resistant#disease resistant#deer resistant#spines#large flowers#long lifespan#rock garden#cactus#rocky soils tolerant#dry soils tolerant#non-toxic for horses#non-toxic for dogs#non-toxic for cats#frost intolerant#container plant#showy#mat forming#insect resistant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Echinopsis
    Species:
    oxygona
    Family:
    Cactaceae
    Uses (Ethnobotany):
    Most often used as a houseplant.
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Bolivia, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and Southern Brazil
    Distribution:
    South Brazil, Uruguay, North Argentina
    Play Value:
    Attractive Flowers
    Easy to Grow
    Fragrance
    Textural
    Dimensions:
    Height: 0 ft. 10 in. - 1 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Succulent
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Erect
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Coarse
    Appendage:
    Spines
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Shallow Rocky
    Soil pH:
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Occasionally Dry
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10b, 10a, 11b, 11a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Green
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    Fleshy fruits with many seeds.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Head
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Funnel
    Flower Petals:
    more than 20 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    3-6 inches
    Flower Description:
    Flowers are night-blooming, have multiple rays and are white or pink. They can reach up to 4 inches across. May produce flowers throughout the late spring through summer.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    This plant has many spines that are modified leaves.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Surface:
    Smooth (glabrous)
    Stem Description:
    The ribbed stem is round with multiple spines
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Houseplants
    Patio
    Pool/Hardscape
    Slope/Bank
    Landscape Theme:
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Rock Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Mass Planting
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Diseases
    Drought
    Dry Soil
    Heat
    Insect Pests
    Rabbits