Common name: Hedgehog Cactus, Strawberry Cactus, Calico Cactus
Scientific name: Echinocereus spp.
Description: Small barrel-like cacti covered in a multitude of spines, or "quills." Flowers range from deep red to pink and bloom in the spring and summer.
Other uses: Entire plant or parts may be prepared as food/beverage by Acoma, Apache, Cochiti, Havasupai, Hopi, Isleta, Laguna, Navajo, Papago, and Pima. Also used for medicinal and/or ceremonial purposes.
Kimberley A. Ryan, Northern Arizona University Anthropology Laboratories