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Echinopsis oxygona (Easter Lily Cactus)


Scientific Name

Echinopsis oxygona (Link) Zucc. ex Pfeiff. & Otto

Common Names

Easter Lily Cactus, Pink Easter Lily Cactus, Night-Blooming Hedge-Hogs


Echinocactus eyriesii, Echinocactus oxygonus, Echinopsis eyriesii, Echinopsis multiplex, Cereus multiplex

Scientific Classification

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


Echinopsis oxygona is a cactus with globose to elongate stems that grow up to 12 inches (30 cm) tall and up to 10 inches (25 cm) in diameter. The stems are solitary or with many basal and lateral offsets. Areoles have curved, yellowish-brown, black-tipped, and up to 1 inch (2.5 cm) long spines. Flowers are night-blooming, flagrant, white, pink, pale red to lavender. They are funnel-shaped, up to 8 inches (20 cm) long, and up to 5 inches (13 cm) in diameter. Fruits are green, up to 2 inches (5 cm) long, and up to 1.5 inches (4 cm) in diameter.

Echinopsis oxygona (Easter Lily Cactus)

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USDA hardiness zones 8b to 11b: from 15 °F (−9.4 °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 mother plant's base. 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 cut surface's size, 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.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Echinopsis.


Echinopsis oxygona is native to Brazil ( Rio Grande do Sul), Argentina (Buenos Aires, Entre Rios, Santa Fe), Paraguay (Guaira) and Uruguay.


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