Plant Care Eagle Claw

Eagle Claw

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About Eagle Claw

Eagle Claw is a relatively rare houseplant 🌿 that needs very little water to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

Eagle Claw likes soil that is extremely well-draining.


Echinocactus horizonthalonius

Also known as

Devilshead, Turk's head cactus, Blue barrel cactus, Eagle's claw, Horse maimer, Horse crippler and Visnaga meloncillo

How to care for Eagle Claw


How often to water your Eagle Claw

Water needs for Eagle Claw
0.5 cups
every 12

Eagle Claw needs 0.5 cups of water every 12 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Eagle Claw

Water 0.5 cups every

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Eagle Claw in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Eagle Claw: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Eagle Claw love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Eagle Claw does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Eagle Claw in your home 🏡.


How to fertilize Eagle Claw

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Eagle Claw: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Eagle Claw after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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Care Summary for Eagle Claw

Eagle Claw

Eagle Claw

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 12 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

@SirLiquorice avatar
leaf-1 137 Plants
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I love the looks of this one which is why I had to get it. It is a rot prone cactus however, from what I’ve read. So I made sure to use a shallow terra cotta pot since the roots aren’t very big and to ensure the soils drys fast. I also used a a mix of two good draining cactus soils with lava rocks added to help drainage

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