Echinocactus grusonii      
Golden barrel    
Cactaceae Family     

Compiled by the Master Gardeners
of the University of Arizona Pima County Cooperative Extension.


golden barrel cactus
Echinocactus grusonii



Form: large, low, round cylindrical cactus
Seasonality: evergreen
Size: to over 3ft high, slow grower; usually 1ft high to 2ft around
Leaves: golden yellow spines
Flowers: bright yellow; 1-2in wide; in summertime during day
Stems/Trunks: single rounded column; ribbed; spines along ribs
Range/Origin: Chihuahuan deserts
Hardiness: hardy, to 10° F at least



Research by Master Gardener Pat Perry


Also called Mother-in-Law's cushion

yellow cactus spines
golden barrel spines

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