Ferocactus (Ferocactus fordii)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9a -6.7 °C (20 °F) to -3.9 °C (25 °F)
Fruit: Dehiscent
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Purple
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Summer
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Pollinators: Bees
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth
Conservation status: Vulnerable (VU)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Vulnerable

Comments:
Posted by Baja_Costero (Baja California - Zone 11b) on Oct 21, 2019 5:39 PM

Baja California endemic barrel cactus from the Pacific coast with pink or purplish flowers. May reach about 10 inches in diameter. About 21 ribs. 4 flat, banded central spines in a cross arrangement, the upper 3 straight and the lower 1 longer, downward pointing, and curved. About 17 radial spines, the upper 2 thicker than the rest.

Looks very similar to F. viridescens, found to its north along the same coast, but easily resolved based on flower color (pink/purple, not yellow). Ferocactus (Ferocactus fordii subsp. borealis) occupies territory to the north of the type Ferocactus (Ferocactus fordii subsp. fordii). Plants sold as F. fordii grandiflorus may actually be that peninsular subspecies of F. chrysacanthus (which has reddish orange flowers).

Uncommon in cultivation and vulnerable in nature. Provide strong light and excellent drainage. This plant may flower at a relatively small size.

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