Blue Barrel Cactus (Ferocactus glaucescens)

Common names:
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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9b -3.9 °C (25 °F) to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
Plant Height: Up to 18 inches or more
Plant Spread: 20 inches, plus offsets
Fruit: Dehiscent
Other: Scaly white fruit
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
Late spring or early summer
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Provides winter interest
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Propagation: Other methods: Offsets
Pollinators: Bees
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth
Awards and Recognitions: RHS AGM


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Posted by Baja_Costero (Baja California - Zone 11b) on Apr 10, 2018 3:45 PM

Attractive glaucous blue-green barrel cactus with yellow flowers and spines. Sharp, well-defined ribs are armed with spines that are not easily distinguished as central or radial. May be solitary or clumping. From Hidalgo, Mexico.

Flowers around 6 inches wide, not including spines. May be self fertile. Grown from seed. Enjoys a little extra space in containers, compared to many Ferocacti. Can grow to 18 inches high and 20 inches in diameter after many years. Provide strong light and excellent drainage in cultivation.

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