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Horse Crippler


Cactus Family : Cactaceae

Latin Name : Echinocactus texensis
Longevity : Perennial
Season : Cool
Origin : Native
Value :
Wildlife – poor
Livestock – poor

Remarks :

Other common names, "Devil's head" and "Devil's pinchushion". This cactus is round-shaped and grows very low to the Flowers in May to June and has edible red berries as fruit. This plant is approximately 12 inches in diameter and grows 2 to 6 in. in height. It is a very hardy cactus, that grows hidden in the grass. The name, "Horse Crippler", is due to horses not seeing the plant and stepping on it, the thorns would penetrate the bottom of the hoof and cripple the animal.

Source: USDA-NRCS

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