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Mexican Fire Barrel

Mexican Fire Barrel

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


The Mexican Fire Barrel, scientifically known as Ferocactus pilosus (also referred to as Ferocactus stainesii), is a distinctive species of barrel cactus native to the desert regions of northern and central Mexico. It is known for its cylindrical shape and vibrant, fiery-colored flowers.

This cactus typically grows to about 1 to 3 feet in height and 1 to 2 feet in spread, 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 Mexican Fire Barrel produces flowers that are bright red or orange, adding an extra layer of beauty to the plant. The blooms typically appear at the top of the cactus, providing a striking display against the spiky background.

This cactus thrives in full sun and requires well-draining 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 Mexican 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 Mexican 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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