Easter Lily Cactus Echinopsis 'New Dawn'

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
echinopsis 'New Dawn'


The Echinopsis 'New Dawn' is characterized by its striking appearance that is typical of the Echinopsis family, commonly known as sea-urchin cactus or Easter lily cactus. It boasts a globular to cylindrical shape with a green to blue-green color. The surface of the plant is adorned with numerous spiny ridges, which are evenly spaced and extend from the top to the bottom. These ridges are arranged in a symmetrical pattern around the cactus, adding to its aesthetic appeal. The spines of the Echinopsis 'New Dawn' are particularly noteworthy. They emerge from small mounds known as areoles that dot the ridges. These spines can vary in color from a whitish or yellowish to a brownish hue, providing a distinct contrast against the green of the cactus body. They serve as a protective feature for the plant, deterring herbivores from consuming it. One of the most striking features of the Echinopsis 'New Dawn' is its blossoms. The flowers are large, showy, and funnel-shaped, emerging from the sides near the top of the cactus. They exhibit a radiant array of colors, which can include hues of pink, red, white, or orange. The petals are numerous and can be either flat and spreading or slightly ruffled, adding texture and complexity to the bloom. The flowering of this cactus is a spectacular sight, as the blossoms provide a vivid contrast to the plant's spiny structure. The Echinopsis 'New Dawn' can potentially bloom numerous times during its growing season, each flower opening typically at night or early morning and lasting for a short period before withering, though the exact flowering patterns may vary with environmental conditions and care. Despite the absence of details on the size, the overall morphology of the plant coupled with its floral display makes it a favored choice for cactus enthusiasts and gardeners looking for exotic and eye-catching plants.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Easter Lily Cactus, Sea-Urchin Cactus, Hedgehog Cactus, Star Cactus

    • Common names

      Echinopsis 'New Dawn'.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Echinopsis 'New Dawn', commonly known as the Easter Lily Cactus, is not typically considered toxic to humans. However, caution should be exercised as personal sensitivity can vary and any plant material can cause a reaction in certain individuals. Generally, ingesting parts of this cactus should be avoided, as it can potentially cause gastrointestinal discomfort or irritation, but significant toxicity is not commonly reported.

    • To pets

      For pets, the Easter Lily Cactus is also not commonly known to be toxic. Ingestion by pets may lead to mild gastrointestinal upset due to the physical nature of the cactus, such as irritation from the spines or fiber content, rather than chemical toxicity. It is always prudent to prevent pets from ingesting plants, as individual reactions can vary, and some pets might be more sensitive than others.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      2 feet (0.61 meters)

    • Spread

      2 feet (0.61 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area

      South America


  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Aesthetic appeal: Echinopsis 'New Dawn' features attractive blooms that can enhance the visual interest of any garden or indoor space.
    • Low maintenance: As a cactus, it requires minimal watering and care, making it a good choice for those with busy lifestyles or novice gardeners.
    • Drought tolerance: It's well-suited to dry climates and can survive periods of water scarcity, reflecting its natural desert adaptation.
    • Pest resistance: This plant is typically resistant to pests, reducing the need for chemical treatments and making it a more environmentally-friendly option.
    • Versatility: It can be grown both indoors and outdoors, depending on the climate, providing flexibility for gardeners and decorators.
    • Long blooming period: Its flowers have a relatively long blooming period which means it can provide visual pleasure for an extended time during the flowering season.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Echinopsis 'New Dawn' can be used as a natural barrier or fence when planted in a row due to its spiky structure, which can deter animals and unwelcome intruders from entering garden areas.
    • The long-lasting blooms of Echinopsis 'New Dawn' make it ideal for cut-flower arrangements, adding exotic appeal and a splash of color to any bouquet.
    • Due to its unique and striking appearance, Echinopsis 'New Dawn' is often used in photography and botanical illustrations for educational materials or artistic projects.
    • This cactus is perfect for creating dramatic landscapes in miniature gardening or fairy gardens, providing a desert-like atmosphere to these small-scale environments.
    • Echinopsis 'New Dawn' can be given as a gift of appreciation to plant enthusiasts, symbolizing endurance and the beauty of resilience in harsh conditions.
    • The plant is used in horticultural therapy programs to promote relaxation, patience, and the rewards of nurturing slow-growing species.
    • With its attractive, sculptural form, this cactus can be featured in living art displays, including table centerpieces or modern art installations.
    • Echinopsis 'New Dawn' can be used in educational settings as a practical example for teaching about plant adaptation, especially how cacti have evolved to conserve water in arid climates.
    • The blooms of the cactus can be a natural food source for certain desert-dwelling birds and insects, integrating it into the local ecosystem when grown outdoors in suitable climates.
    • Its slow growth habit and low water requirements make Echinopsis 'New Dawn' an ideal candidate for xeriscaping, contributing to water conservation efforts in landscaping projects.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Echinopsis 'New Dawn', commonly known as the Easter lily cactus, is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Easter lily cactus is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Resilience: Echinopsis cacti can withstand tough conditions and symbolize the ability to endure and persist through challenges.
    • Beauty in Harshness: Despite growing in harsh environments, they produce stunning flowers, symbolizing beauty and hope in difficult circumstances.
    • Transformation: The 'New Dawn' represents new beginnings and the transformation from darkness to light, much like its flowering cycle.
    • Adaptation: As a cactus, it symbolizes the capacity to adapt to changing environments and circumstances.

Every 2-3 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Spring-Early Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    The Echinopsis 'New Dawn', commonly known as Sea Urchin Cactus, should be watered thoroughly, allowing the water to drain out of the bottom of the pot. This plant prefers a 'soak and dry' method, meaning the soil should be allowed to dry out completely between waterings. In the active growing season of spring and summer, water it about once a week or when the top inch of the soil feels dry. Cut back on watering to once every three to four weeks during the dormant winter months. Typically, one to two gallons during each watering session will suffice, depending on the size of the plant and the pot.

  • sunLight

    The Sea Urchin Cactus thrives in bright, indirect light but can also tolerate some direct sunlight, especially in the morning. It's best placed in a spot where it will receive filtered sunlight for most of the day, such as near an east or west-facing window. Avoid too much harsh, direct afternoon sunlight, which can scorch the plant.

  • thermometerTemperature

    The Sea Urchin Cactus prefers temperatures between 50 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit. It should not be exposed to temperatures below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, as it is not frost-hardy. To ensure optimal growth and flowering, maintain a consistent temperature range, avoiding sudden temperature drops or spikes.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning the Sea Urchin Cactus is mainly done to remove dead or damaged parts to maintain plant health and aesthetic. Prune sparingly, only when necessary, and use sterile, sharp tools to make clean cuts. The best time for pruning is in the late spring after the blooming period when the plant has entered its active growth phase. Avoid over-pruning, as this can stress the plant.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    The best soil mix for Echinopsis 'New Dawn', commonly known as Sea Urchin Cactus, should be well-draining and sandy with a slight acidic to neutral pH of 6.0 to 7.5. A mixture of regular cactus potting soil with added perlite or pumice for improved drainage is ideal. Avoid retaining moisture to prevent root rot.

  • plantRepotting

    The Sea Urchin Cactus should be repotted every two to three years, or when it outgrows its pot. Repotting is best done in spring or early summer, using a suitable cactus mix and ensuring good drainage to support healthy growth.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Sea Urchin Cactus thrives in average to low humidity conditions typical of arid environments. It prefers humidity levels between 10% to 30%; high humidity can lead to fungal issues or rot, especially in cooler temperatures.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Keep in bright, indirect light with low humidity.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in full sun to light shade, protect from heavy rain.

    • Hardiness zone

      9-11 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Echinopsis 'New Dawn', commonly known as the Easter Lily Cactus, begins its life cycle as a seed, germinating in warm, moist soil conditions within a few weeks to several months. Upon germination, a tiny cactus seedling emerges, developing its first set of spines and photosynthetic tissue. As the seedling grows, it enters a juvenile stage where it slowly forms a globular to cylindrical stem, and depending on the environmental conditions, this growth stage can span several years. Reaching maturity, the Easter Lily Cactus produces large, often fragrant, funnel-shaped flowers, primarily at night, which are pollinated by nocturnal insects, birds, and bats. Following successful pollination, the plant develops fruit that contains seeds, thus completing the reproductive cycle. Throughout its life, the Easter Lily Cactus will continue to grow, flowering annually, and under ideal conditions, it can live for several decades, potentially reaching a considerable size.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • The Echinopsis 'New Dawn' or sea-urchin cactus is typically propagated through offsets, which are small clones that the parent plant produces around its base. The best time to propagate by offsets is during the growing season, which is generally from spring to early autumn. To propagate using offsets, gently remove an offset from the parent plant, ensuring that some roots are attached, if possible. Allow the offset to callous over for a few days to prevent rotting and then plant it in a well-draining cactus soil mix. Water sparingly until the offset has established roots and begins to show new growth, which indicates successful propagation.