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Golden Barrel

Golden Barrel

Regular price $55.00 USD
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Plant Type: Cacti
Plant Height: 1-3 feet
Spread: 1-3 feet
Flower Color: yellow
Sun Exposure: Full Sun


The Golden Barrel Cactus, scientifically known as Echinocactus grusonii, is a popular and iconic cactus known for its rounded, barrel-like shape and vibrant golden spines. Native to east-central Mexico, this cactus is highly valued in both landscape and container gardening for its striking appearance.

In cultivation, the Golden Barrel typically reaches a height and spread of about 1 to 3 feet, although it can grow larger over many years, especially in the wild. The cactus is characterized by its deep green, spherical to barrel-shaped body covered in pronounced ribs. The ribs are adorned with clusters of long, golden-yellow spines, which are particularly dense and colorful in young plants.

Golden Barrel Cacti prefer full sun exposure, which helps them develop their characteristic golden spines and maintain a healthy, compact form. They thrive in well-draining soil and require minimal watering, making them an excellent choice for drought-tolerant gardens and xeriscaping.

Flowering typically occurs in mature specimens, with the cactus producing circle-shaped clusters of yellow flowers near the crown of the plant. However, flowering is rare in younger plants and those grown indoors.

The Golden Barrel Cactus is often used as a focal point in rock gardens, succulent gardens, and in large containers. Its bold shape and striking coloration make it a popular choice for adding architectural interest to the landscape. Due to its spines, it should be placed where it won't pose a hazard to passersby.

Overall, the Golden Barrel Cactus is a low-maintenance and visually impressive plant, ideal for gardeners and plant enthusiasts looking to add a touch of drama and desert beauty to their outdoor or indoor spaces. Its ease of care and striking appearance have made it one of the most recognized and beloved cacti around the world.

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