Golden Barrel Cactus (Echinocactus grusonii)

Common names:
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Plant Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: 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: Wooly
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloom Size: 2"-3"
Flower Time: Summer
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Houseplant
Uses: Will Naturalize
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth
Awards and Recognitions: RHS AGM

White-spined plant is fluorescent under black light

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Location: Getty Center, Los Angeles, CaliforniaDate: 2014-10-25
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Date: 2018-04-12On display at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Pittsbur
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Location: MOBOT, St LouisDate: 2011-08-09
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Date: 2014-01-20
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Date: 2018-10-15
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Location: Sunny windowsill 2 hrs. then 8 under SunBlaster lightDate: 2019-07-31Only 2 weeks after seeds sown & a dozen sprouts
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Location: Botanical Garden Rio de Janeiro, BrazilDate: 2014-12-11
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Location: Montreal Quebec Canada Botanical Garden Date: 2017-03-26
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Date: 2017-11-04
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Date: 2018-04-12On display at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Pittsbur
By Gerris2
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Location: Chicago Botanic GardenDate: 2018-08-31
By jmorth
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Location: San Diego Botanic GardenDate: 2011-10-31
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Location:  in the background Neobuxbaumia_polylopha, BG Regional de Cadereyta, Querétaro, MéxicoDate: 4000-02-25Photo courtesy of: Kauderwelsch
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Location: Lanzarote, Canary Islands.Photo taken on Lanzarote growing in the Garden of Cactus.
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Date: 2013-05-31
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Date: 2013-06-29
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Date: 2014-01-20
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Location: central Illinois - Washington Park Botanical GardenDate: 2014-03-22
By jmorth
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Photo courtesy of: Rod Waddington
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Location: Orangeburg, SCDate: 2013-06-17Golden Barrel Cactus
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Location: Holmes Beach FLDate: 2015-06-30All sizes ranging from a year old to over 10 years old
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Location: Botanical garden UG, Gent, BelgiumDate: 2015-09-06
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Location: Bot. Garden Montreal 1980Date: 2013-05-30
By turini
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Date: 2017-01-16
By Paul2032
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Location: Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory, Baltimore, MarylandDate: 2017-02-01
By csandt
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Location: Montreal Quebec Canada Botanical Garden Date: 2017-03-26
By Gerris2
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Location: Montreal Quebec Canada Botanical Garden Date: 2017-03-26
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Location: Scottsdale ArizonaDate: 2017-12-02
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Location: U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory DCDate: 2018-01-02
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Location: MOBOT, St LouisDate: 2011-08-09
By jmorth
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Location: 98108Date: 2013-03-21
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Photo courtesy of: Rod Waddington
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Location: Hyderabad, IndiaDate: 2009-06-13Echinocactus grusonii awaiting plantation; image by J M Garg;  GF
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Location: Lanzarote, Canary Islands.Photo taken on Lanzarote growing in the Garden of Cactus.
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Location: Lanzarote, Canary Islands.Photo taken on Lanzarote growing in the Garden of Cactus.
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Posted by Baja_Costero (Baja California - Zone 11b) on May 24, 2019 8:13 PM

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.

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Cool display by Calif_Sue Jan 4, 2012 9:02 PM 1
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