General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9a -6.7 °C (20 °F) to -3.9 °C (25 °F)
Plant Height: 2 to 4 feet
Plant Spread: 2 to 3 feet
Fruit: Other: Woolly
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloom Size: 2"-3"
Flower Time: Summer
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Will Naturalize
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth
Awards and Recognitions: RHS AGM
Conservation status: Endangered (EN)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Endangered
Common names
  • Golden Barrel Cactus
  • Golden Ball
  • Uitsnauatl
  • Asiento de Suegra
  • Mother-in-Law's-Cushion
  • Barril Dorado

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Photo Courtesy of Mountain Crest Gardens. Used with permission.

Photo Courtesy of Mountain Crest Gardens. Used with permission.
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  • Posted by Baja_Costero (Baja California - Zone 11b) on May 24, 2019 8:13 PM concerning plant:
    Common and durable golden-spined barrel cactus to 2-3 feet in diameter. Known as the asiento de suegra (mother-in-law's seat) in Mexico. Very spiny, with a wooly crown when mature. Yellow flowers and wooly fruit appear within that crown. 21-37 ribs, 3-4 central spines.

    Propagated from seed. Fast growing for a barrel cactus. Tolerates extreme heat and extreme exposure. Provide good drainage and strong light in cultivation. Expect maybe 20 years to sexual maturity.

    Extremely multiheaded versions of this plant are typically created by ablating the growth center and forcing branches, though there is normally some degree of occasional branching. The site of injury is completely hidden after a few years of growth. A white spined version (silver barrel?) exists, but the spines turn brown pretty fast, so it's not particularly silvery when mature.

    The golden barrel is nearly extinct in habitat due to the construction of the Zimapán dam in Hidalgo, but one of the most common cacti in cultivation. A second population far to the west of this area (in southwestern Zacatecas) was recently discovered.

    The genetics of this plant place it outside Echinocactus as it has historically been understood, and closer to Ferocactus. A new monotypic genus, Kroenleinia, was proposed for this plant in 2014, but it has not been widely accepted because other related genera have not been fully evaluated.
Plant Events from our members
theinferno On March 31, 2019 Potted up
In with:

Echeveria "Purple Pearl"
Kalanchoe tomentosa "Golden Girl"
Graptosedum "California Sunset"
Sedeveria "Blue Mist"
theinferno On March 31, 2019 Obtained plant
Home Depot
tabbycat On March 31, 2021 Transplanted
3 extra are 1" tall & wide. Put in mixed succulent pots for plant sale
tabbycat On May 25, 2020 Potted up
Moved from 1 oz. cups to 2 oz. red cups
tabbycat On April 15, 2020 Miscellaneous Event
Now 1.25" so I potted 1 for Chloe & 1 for my kitchen window in tiny clay pots.
tabbycat On August 22, 2019 Plant emerged
1st tufts in center cleft of tiny 1/4" plants
tabbycat On July 22, 2019 Seeds germinated
Found a couple of itty-bitty sprouts
tabbycat On July 15, 2019 Seeds sown
About a dozen sown under SunBlaster light.
Johannian On May 3, 2020 Obtained plant
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Discussion Threads about this plant
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