Black Hedgehog cactus flower ready to open, and just as pretty as the fully opened flower. I think the petals resemble dyed feathers. The little fuzzy balls are spine covered ovaries left after the flowers are spent.
Echinocereus reichenbachii ssp. fitchii
Hedgehog cacti like full sun, so they have numerous spines to protect the skin from sunburn. The cactus stems and spine configurations are nothing remarkable, but the flowers on most Echinocereus species are gorgeous. Depending on the species, the flower colors range from green to orange, but the predominant colors are pink to purple. The flowers do not close at night and usually last just a couple of days.
The E. reichenbachii ssp. fitchii is commonly called Black Hedgehog. The spines are tipped in brown, and the cactus is slow growing to about six inches high. Hedgehogs generally don't require supplemental water.