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Long Spine Barrel Cactus

Long Spine Barrel Cactus

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


The Long Spine Barrel Cactus, known scientifically as Ferocactus pilosus (also referred to as Ferocactus stainesii), is a striking species of barrel cactus native to the deserts of northern and central Mexico. This cactus is known for its long, red spines and robust, barrel-shaped body, making it a popular choice for cactus enthusiasts and desert landscapers.

Typically, the Long Spine Barrel Cactus grows to about 1 to 2 feet in both height and width, forming a solitary, cylindrical stem. The stem is covered in pronounced ribs lined with clusters of long, striking spines. The spines are one of the plant's most distinctive features – they are usually bright red or reddish-brown, adding a dramatic contrast to the cactus's green body.

In spring and early summer, the Long Spine Barrel Cactus produces flowers at the top of the stem. The blooms are usually yellow, orange, or red and can be quite showy. These are followed by small, round fruits that are also visually appealing.

This cactus thrives in full sun and requires well-draining soil. It is drought-tolerant and should be watered infrequently, ensuring the soil dries out between waterings. Like many desert cacti, the Long Spine Barrel Cactus is not frost-tolerant and should be protected from freezing temperatures.

In landscaping, the Long Spine Barrel Cactus is used for its dramatic appearance and ease of care. It is well-suited for rock gardens, cactus gardens, and as a striking container plant. The plant's long, colorful spines and vibrant flowers make it a standout addition to any garden.

Overall, the Long Spine Barrel Cactus is a low-maintenance and visually impressive plant, perfect for adding texture and color to drought-tolerant landscapes. Its distinctive spines and showy blooms make it a favorite among both novice and experienced gardeners looking for unique and hardy desert plants.

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