Santa Catalina Barrel Cactus (Ferocactus diguetii)

Common names:
Give a thumbs up Santa Catalina Barrel Cactus
Give a thumbs up Biznaga Barril de Santa Catalina
Give a thumbs up Barrel Cactus
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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Plant Height: Up to 12 feet
Plant Spread: 3-4 feet
Fruit: Dehiscent
Fruiting Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Orange
Red
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Pollinators: Bees
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth

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Posted by Baja_Costero (Baja California - Zone 11b) on May 19, 2019 5:47 PM

Monster barrel cactus (to 12 feet tall) with yellow (or reddish brown) spines and red flowers. Island endemic from Baja California Sur, found on some southern Gulf of Mexico islands (Santa Catalina, Cerralvo, Dansante, Monserrate, San Diego Islands). Large plants occur on Santa Catalina Island. A smaller form (carmenensis) occurs on Carmen Island. Prized in cultivation for its heft.

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