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Strawberry Hedgehog Cactus

(Echinocereus engelmannii)

Strawberry Hedgehog Cactus, or Engelmann's hedgehog cactus, is commonly found in desert areas of the southwestern United States and the adjacent areas of Mexico, including the states of California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Baja California and Sonora. It usually grows in clusters, sometimes up to 20 and more stems. Its bright magenta flowers bloom in April in its southern extremes to late May at northern locations. The cactus produces edible, strawberry-tasting fruits, up to 2 inches long.