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Bareroot Fire Barrel

Bareroot Fire Barrel

Regular price $66.00 USD
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Plant Type: Cacti
Plant Height: 12-24 inches
Spread: 12-18 inches
Flower Color: bright orange to red
Sun Exposure: Full Sun


The Bareroot Fire Barrel, commonly referred to as Ferocactus cylindraceus or the California Barrel Cactus, is a striking and robust species of barrel cactus native to the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico. It is known for its cylindrical shape and vibrant, fiery-colored flowers.

The Fire Barrel cactus typically grows to about 12 to 24 inches in height and 12 to 18 inches in spread, but it can eventually grow larger, especially in its natural habitat. The cactus features a stout, cylindrical shape with prominent ribs lined with strong, hooked spines that can be red, yellow, or gray. The spines are both a defense mechanism and a shade provider, reducing water loss and sun exposure.

One of the most appealing aspects of the Fire Barrel cactus is its bright, showy flowers. The blooms are usually bright orange to red and appear at the top of the cactus, typically during the late spring and early summer. The flowers are followed by yellow fruit.

This cactus thrives in full sun and requires well-drained soil. It's well-suited for desert landscaping, rock gardens, and cactus gardens due to its drought tolerance and low water requirements. In colder climates, it can be grown in containers and brought indoors during winter to protect it from freezing temperatures.

The Fire Barrel cactus is valued not only for its striking appearance and resilience but also for its ability to adapt to a variety of dry, sunny environments. Its fiery-colored flowers and imposing presence make it a popular choice for gardeners looking to add a touch of the dramatic to their landscape.

Overall, the Bareroot Fire Barrel cactus is a hardy, low-maintenance plant, ideal for adding a bold and exotic touch to gardens. Its vivid flowers, cylindrical form, and striking spines make it an eye-catching addition to any cactus or succulent collection.

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