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Fishhook Barrel

Fishhook Barrel

Regular price $60.00 USD
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Plant Type: Cacti
Plant Height: 1-3 feet
Spread: 1-2 feet
Flower Color: yellow, occasional red or orange
Sun Exposure: Full Sun


The Fishhook Barrel Cactus, scientifically known as Ferocactus wislizeni, is a distinctive and robust species of barrel cactus native to the deserts of the Southwestern United States and northern Mexico. This cactus is named for its hooked spines, which resemble fishhooks.

Growing to about 1 to 3 feet in height and 1 to 2 feet in spread, the Fishhook Barrel Cactus is characterized by its stout, cylindrical form. The body of the cactus is green and ribbed, with each rib adorned with clusters of long, curved spines. These spines are typically reddish-brown or gray and are quite strong and sharp.

One of the most attractive features of the Fishhook Barrel Cactus is its flowers. During the late spring and early summer, it produces large, showy flowers that are typically yellow, sometimes with red or orange centers. The flowers are followed by yellowish fruit.

This cactus thrives in full sun and requires well-drained soil. It's well-suited for desert landscaping, rock gardens, and as an accent plant in drought-tolerant gardens. Its ability to store water in its thick flesh allows it to survive in arid conditions with minimal watering.

In addition to its ornamental appeal, the Fishhook Barrel Cactus has been historically significant for indigenous peoples of the desert regions, who have used it for food and water sources.

Overall, the Fishhook Barrel Cactus is a striking and low-maintenance plant, perfect for adding a touch of desert beauty to any landscape. Its bright flowers, imposing spines, and hardy nature make it a popular choice for gardeners looking to add an exotic and drought-tolerant element to their gardens.

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