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Echinopsis aurea var. dobeana (Red Easter Lily Cactus)


Scientific Name

Echinopsis aurea var. dobeana (Dölz) J.Ullmann

Accepted Scientific Name

Echinopsis aurea Britton & Rose

Common Names

Red Easter Lily Cactus


Echinopsis dobeana, Lobivia aurea var. dobeana, Lobivia dobeana, Cereus huascha var. rubriflorus

Scientific Classification

Family: Cactaceae
Subfamily: Cactoideae
Tribe: Trichocereeae
Genus: Echinopsis


Echinopsis aurea var. dobeana is considered to be a geographical form of the very variable Echinopsis aurea. It is a clustering cactus with globular or elongated stems that grow up to 6 inches (15 cm) tall and up to 2.6 inches (6 cm) in diameter. It has 14 to 15 sharp-edged ribs separated by deep grooves. The areoles are Whitish or brownish. The central spines are long and brown, while the numerous radial spines are white and thinner. The flowers are showy, red, up to 4 inches (10 cm) long, and up to 3 inches (7.5 cm) in diameter. They appear mid-spring on into summer.

Echinopsis aurea var. dobeana (Red Easter Lily Cactus)

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USDA hardiness zones 10a to 11b: from 30 °F (−1.1 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

If you can grow cacti and succulents successfully, you can likely grow the Echinopsis species without too much trouble. Like many cacti, they prefer a drying period between waterings, even to the point where they slightly wilt. When you water, however, you should water deeply. The plant will noticeably plump up. The cactus mustn't be exposed to prolonged dampness and sitting water. Never let your cactus sit in a dish of water. Lastly, make sure to fertilize during the growing season for the best results.

Echinopsis can be easily rooted from offsets, which tend to cluster around the base of the mother plant. Cut offsets close to the stem, at the narrowest possible place. When rooting cacti from cuttings, let the fresh cutting dry out slightly on a paper towel and cut the cacti at the narrowest place possible. After a few days to a few weeks, depending on the size of the cut surface, the cut surface should have dried out and formed a callous, or slightly rough opening. Once the callous has formed, place the cutting in a rooting mixture of fast-draining cacti soil. See more at How to Grow and Care for Echinopsis.


Echinopsis aurea is native to northwest Argentina.


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