Carmine Cob

Echinopsis backebergii | Also known as: Backeberg’s Echinopsis, Lobivia backebergii | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

Echinopsis backebergii is not the most attractive cactus to be found, but its rather ugly features only make its magnificent single flower stand out all the more grandly each summer. Short and round in shape, the carmine cob, as it is also known, is a dull, grey-green colour with ribs featuring white spines. Some of these spines are extremely long, like single hairs growing from a mole. Its trumpet-shaped flower is pink or carmine red – thus the name – with light yellow throats. A lover of hot, dry climates, it is best to grow under glass in pots. Use cactus compost and water regularly in summer, and rarely in winter

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0.05
Spread [m]
  • 0
Dominant flower colour
  • Varies
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Early summer
  • Mid summer
  • Late summer
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Foliage in winter
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • seed
  • offsets
Growth habit
  • Clump-forming
  • Tall
Hardiness zone
  • Z12-15
Heat zone
  • H12-10
Heat days
  • 150 - 210
  • well-drained
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
Standard category
  • Cacti & succulents
  • Cacti
Grown for
  • Attractive Flowers
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • For Beginners
  • Colours
Garden type
  • Indoor or winter garden
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 10 years