|The strawberry hedgehog is a frequently
seen cactus in the Sonoran desert.
They have straight, upright stems
which grow to about 3" in diameter and about a foot tall. Hedgehogs are typically found in clusters and are most easily recognized when they are
blooming with bright magenta flowers. Strawberry hedgehogs are found in desert
areas from central Arizona to northern Mexico.
Strawberry hedgehogs get their
name from their fruits, which are edible and produce a sugary
The areoles (roundish pads which produce spines)
usually contain one principal spine and about a dozen smaller
radial barbs. Hedgehogs, unlike most other cacti, have flowers that grow
right out of the skin, rather than from the
areoles. The flowers, which bloom in April, are cup shaped (about 3"
contain a green stigma in the center. The blooms usually last several
days. The fruits are sweet and eaten by many animals including squirrels