General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Flowers: Showy
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Pollinators: Bees
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth

Common names
  • Barrel cactus
  • Bisnaga

Photo Gallery
Location: Desert Botanical Garden Phoenix Arizona
Date: 2016-01-04
Location: neighbor's yard bordering my own. 
Date: 2015 fall
Blooms and fruit on this plant are gorgeous.  The plant is about

Date: 2015-11-18

Date: 2016-01-03

Date: 2018-04-17

Date: 2019-11-28
Location: Nice
Date: 2019-04-20
Cluster at a garden
Location: Pinya del Rosa Botanical garden
Date: 2019-04-24
Location: Monte juic
Date: 2019-04-25
Location: Fairfax, VA | August, 2022
Date: 2022-08-15
Location: Fairfax, VA | August, 2022
Date: 2022-08-15
Location: Osaka Prefectural Flower Garden, Osaka, Japan.
Date: January 30, 2009
Photo by KENPEI

Date: 2015-02-27

Date: 2015-02-27
Location: Baja California
Date: 2018-09-22
Location: Monte juic
Date: 2019-04-25
Location: Marimurta Botanical Garden
Date: 2019-04-22

Date: 2019-04-22
Pinya del rosa NOID ferocactus

Date: 2019-04-22
Noid hooked ferocactus /w red spines. marimurta b.g. spain
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  • Posted by Baja_Costero (Baja California - Zone 11b) on May 24, 2019 3:28 PM concerning plant:
    The about 30 species of Ferocacti are called barrel cacti or biznagas (also spelled bisnagas). Ferocactus is similar to Echinocactus (also referred to as barrel cactus or biznaga), which can generally be differentiated by its densely wooly stem tips. Ferocactus plants are spiny and globose to cylindrical, occasionally clustering, especially so with one species (F. robustus). Bisexual flowers have scales, generally appear on young areoles in spring and summer, and are pollinated by bees; stamens are separated from the perianth by a ring of hairs.

    Found in the southwestern US and central Mexico, and especially the peninsula of Baja California, which is home to several species. Divided into two sections: Ferocactus (dry fruits which dehisce at the base) and Bisnaga (juicy, fleshy fruits which may or may not dehisce). DNA analysis has placed this genus close to Echinocactus but distant from the columnar cacti. Propagated from seed. Generally slow growing.

    Among the most common plants in cultivation is one which may be self-fertile: F. latispinus, a green plant with flat, red, ribbed and hooked spines. The former F. glaucescens (common in cultivation) and two other species were recently moved to the genus Bisnaga based on molecular (DNA) analysis.
Discussion Threads about this plant
Thread Title Last Reply Replies
Is this ID correct? by plantmanager Feb 12, 2016 10:41 AM 25
Is this correct? by plantmanager Jan 7, 2016 4:34 PM 10
Sure of ID? by mcvansoest Sep 16, 2019 9:21 PM 2
Ferocactus macrodiscus by skopjecollection Dec 4, 2022 6:34 PM 2

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