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Plant Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9b -3.9 °C (25 °F) to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Fruiting Time: Summer
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Red
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Pollinators: Bees
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth
Conservation status: Least Concern (LC)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Least Concern
Common names
  • Mexican Fire Barrel
  • Mexican Lime Cactus
  • Biznaga Colorada
  • Lima Barrel Cactus
  • Biznaga de Lima

  • Posted by Baja_Costero (Baja California - Zone 11b) on Jun 4, 2020 9:25 PM concerning plant:
    Solitary or prolifically clumping barrel cactus from north-central Mexico. Stems may grow to 6-10 feet tall and up to about 20 inches wide, with 13-20 sharp ribs. Spines may be bright red (among the reddest in the genus), yellow, or mixed. There are 6-12 central spines and numerous radial spines which are more like bristles (sometimes none). The presence and number of bristles may be variable even among sister seedlings. Presumably they are the basis for the species name. Flowers are red or yellow and oriented upward. Fruit is yellow.

    A Chihuahuan Desert endemic. Widespread, common, and variable in habitat. Very ornamental and particularly spectacular in old age.
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Love this Ferocactus! by nmumpton Jan 3, 2021 11:35 AM 1

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