Rainbow Cactus is an ornamental prickly plant that can add a touch of tropics to any dwelling. Its unusual hairy surface and a purple top have enchanted many plant lovers worldwide.
Commonly known as Rainbow Cactus, Purple Candle Cactus, and Lace Cactus, Echinocereus pectinatus is a perennial member of the Cactaceae family. Native to Western America and Mexico, this Cactus grows on rocky slopes in its natural habitat. Grown indoors, the Cactus can reach 11 in (30 cm) in height and 4 in (10 cm) in diameter. Its spines are so thick that the stem is barely visible. They are beige in color but can fade or become pinkish closer to the top. Just like other Cacti, Rainbow Cactus produces impressive, short-lasting flowers from June to August. The purple petals are creamy at the base, forming a light throat. The flower’s middle is accompanied by numerous stamens with red anthers.