Devil's Tongue Barrel (Ferocactus latispinus)

Common names:
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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9b -3.9 °C (25 °F) to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
Plant Height: Up to 12 inches
Plant Spread: Up to 16 inches
Fruit: Showy
Dehiscent
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Purple
Yellow
Bloom Size: 2"-3"
Flower Time: Late fall or early winter
Winter
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
Hummingbirds
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Provide light
Self fertile
Depth to plant seed: Do not bury, needs sunlight to germinate.
Pollinators: Bees
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth
Awards and Recognitions: RHS AGM
Conservation status: Least Concern (LC)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Least Concern
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Posted by Baja_Costero (Baja California - Zone 11b) on Apr 8, 2018 10:40 PM

Solitary barrel cactus from central Mexico with red/orange/yellow/white spines and pinkish purple or yellow flowers. Plants are generally wider than tall. 4 central spines; lower central spine is flat and banded, and curved or hooked at the tip. Subspecies latispinus (widespread) has 9-15 radial spines and subspecies spiralis (only Puebla/Oaxaca) has 5-7 radial spines.

May be self fertile. Grown from seed. Flowers at a relatively young age. Common in cultivation.

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