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Blue Barrel

Blue Barrel

Regular price $60.00 USD
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Plant Type: Cacti
Plant Height: 2-3 feet
Spread: 2-3 feet
Flower Color: yellow
Sun Exposure: Full Sun


The Blue Barrel Cactus, known scientifically as Ferocactus glaucescens, is a visually appealing and robust cactus native to the limestone hills of eastern and central Mexico. It's prized for its striking blue-green color and spherical to barrel-shaped form.

Growing to about 2 to 3 feet in both height and width, the Blue Barrel Cactus forms a solitary, globular stem in its youth, which elongates and becomes more barrel-like as it matures. The stem is marked with prominent ribs lined with areoles that produce yellowish spines. The spines are not as long or dense as those of some other Ferocactus species, allowing the beautiful blue-green color of the stem to be prominently displayed.

One of the highlights of the Blue Barrel Cactus is its flowering season in the late spring and early summer. It produces attractive yellow flowers, which form a crown at the top of the cactus. The flowers are followed by small, yellow fruits.

Ferocactus glaucescens thrives in full sun and requires well-draining soil. It's a drought-tolerant plant, typical of cacti, and should be watered sparingly. Overwatering can lead to root rot, a common issue in cacti care.

In landscaping, the Blue Barrel Cactus is often used as an accent plant in rock gardens, desert gardens, or as a standout container plant. Its blue-green hue makes it a popular choice for adding contrast and color to a cactus or succulent garden.

Overall, the Blue Barrel Cactus is a low-maintenance and striking plant, perfect for gardeners looking to add a touch of desert beauty to their landscape. Its attractive form, unique color, and bright yellow flowers make it a valuable addition to any collection of succulents and cacti.

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