The Horse Crippler Cactus is a small perennial evergreen cactus native to Mexico and the United States and belongs to the Cactoideae family. Interestingly, the cactus most often grows alone in its natural environment, but in some cases, it can be seen in a group. The horse Crippler Cactus is quite resistant to drought and cold, which is why it has become popular in many countries.
Echinocactus texensis can be easily identified by its branching, thick spines, and round shape, which makes it quite inconspicuous. The cactus has from one to three stems of dark or light green color, which varies depending on the place of growth. The stem is deep in the soil and only grows above ground to 2 in (5 cm) tall and 12 in (30 cm ) wide.
The flowers look like small bells, have a pink color with a transition to bright red closer to the middle, and their base is yellow. Flowering begins in late spring or early summer under suitable conditions and sufficient sunlight.