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
Leaves: Evergreen
Other: Spines form a distinctive, attractive pattern, red to white in color.
Fruit: Showy
Dehiscent
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Purple
Yellow
Other: Either bright purple or yellow. Plant blooms unusually young for this species.
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.
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. 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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