• Ferocactus gracilis

Ferocactus gracilis

Fire Barrel Cactus, Red Barrel Cactus
Size: ex 9cm pots

Availability: In stock

£9.99

Quick Overview

  • Red-spined barrel cactus
  • Full sun
  • Water in summer, no water in winter
  • Ideal houseplant in winter
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Description

Ferocactus gracilis, Fire Barrel Cactus is a tall slender barrel cactus from the Mexican states of Baja California and Baja California Sur where it grows in extremes of dry arid conditions experiencing little rainfall. It is easily identified by its fiery red slightly curving spines which are deepest red at the growing apex and slowly turn a chalky brown as they age.

As can be deduced from the geographic range where Ferocactus gracilis is endemic, it is by no means the hardiest representative of its genus but it will tolerate temperatures down to around -5C if kept dry throughout the winter. Can be over-wintered in a cool glasshouse under fleece or indoors as a houseplant. In the summer months it likes heat and full sun and is best out in the sunniest part of the garden where it can be regularly watered throughout the growing season.

Additional Information

Order Caryophyllales
Family Cactaceae
Sub-Family Cactoideae
Synonyms Ferocactus gracilis subsp. gracilis, Ferocactus gracilis var. gracilis, Ferocactus peninsulae var. gracilis
Geographical Origin Mexico: Baja California, Baja California Sur
Cultivation Full sun. Needs little water but should be well-watered through sunny days during the summer to encourage growth. Dry in winter
Eventual Height 1m
Eventual Spread 20cm
Hardiness To around -5C if kept dry. Fleeced in a cool glasshouse is best during the winter or indoors as a houseplant

Ferocactus gracilis

Fire Barrel Cactus, Red Barrel Cactus
Size: ex 9cm pots

Availability: In stock

£9.99
You could receive 20 Palm Points for writing a review and/or rating this product.

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