Echinocereus reichenbachii var. baileyi albispinus
Echinocereus reichenbachii var. baileyi albispinus Description: Solitary or branching from the base
Stems: Cylindrical 10-20(40) cm tall 4-10 cm in diameter;
Ribs: About 15 acute, slender or sometimes arranged spirally, bearing oval areoles.
Spines: No central spine; Radials: ± 16 needle-shaped, bristly spreading which point outward and downward, white, yellow, reddish, brownish or pinkish, 1-3 cm long.
Flowers: Funnelform magenta-pink close to the end of the stems of the youngest areoles, which are white and woolly. 6-12 cm in diameter. Stamen yellow; stigma green; style white. They have a spiny, woolly, funnel-shaped tube.
Cultivation: This cacti, native to the Great Plains, whether found growing directly in the grasslands or in rock outcroppings, are among the most frost and moisture tolerant. In culture E. baileyi is without problems and regularly shows its large purple flowers, if we provide an adequate winter rest period. It grows well in an unheated greenhouse, but this species can survive in a protected bed as well. It is hardy to -30° C or less for short periods of time. It needs good drainage, Keep drier and cool in winter. Need full sun.
Propagation: By seeds or cuttings, as it branches freely from the base.
The entire Echinocereus reichenbachii species group (E. reichenbachii, E. chisosensis, E. rigidissimus, E. pseudopectinatus, and an indefinite number of Mexican species) has unusually thin, bristlelike spines clothing the flowers and fruits as well as conspicuous, cobwebby tomentum of unusually long areolar hairs. The persistent, dry, white features of the flower tube are an essential distinction contrasting with the otherwise similar E. pectinatusspecies group (E. pectinatus, E. dasyacanthus, and possibly E. bonkerae), regardless of the spectacular, colorful floral displays.