Ferocactus is a genus of large barrel-shaped cacti, mostly with large spines and small flowers. There are about 30 species included in the genus. They are found in the southwestern United States and north-western Mexico.
Originating in Mexico (Sinaloa, Sonora), in coastal plains, at less than 400 m elevation. It grows in grit on the hill-sides. It gets lots of water in two months and lots of sun all year. The fruits of this plant are edible, and in the past, the seeds have been used to make flour. Barrel shaped, solitary, up to 40 cm in diameter, 2m tall; 13 sharp ribs, occasionally spiralled; the number of spines varies depending on the plant maturity; 7 to 9 central spines, at least one flattened, larger; bristle-like radials. Its flowers colour is always yellow with reddish midribs and brown tips. Blooming time summer and early autumn. The fruit is fleshy, yellowish green.
USDA Zone - 9
Season to Sow - Spring
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