Fishhook barrel cactus
Form: cylindrical cactus
Size: 2-5ft tall, 8-24in in diameter; rare specimens to 10ft high
Leaves: reddish spines, 2.5in long, from aeroles along ribbed portion of cylinder; stout flat thorn is curved inward; usually 3-4 spines per aerole; spines will be thinner when grown in shade
Flowers: firey orange flowers; 2.5in long; in circle around top of plant (around meristem)
Fruit: yellow pineapple-shaped fleshy fruit; to 2in long; persistent; favorite food of wildlife
Stems/Trunks: usually a single column; rare specimens may be multiple
Range/Origin: Arizona, Texas and northern Mexico
Hardiness: to mid teens
- specimen plant
- good in containers
- outstanding flower color
- attractive food source for wildlife
- Exposure: full sun; okay in part shade
- Water: natural rainfall
- Soil: tolerant; good drainage
- Propagation: seed, easy; large salvaged specimens are readily available
- Maintenance: low; cleanup of trash blown in around base
fruit on Ferocactus wislizenii
If using specimen salvaged from nature, maintain ordinal orientation of the original position. Also, do not move plant grown in shady condition into full sun.
native all around the Tucson area, as are many other barrel type cactus.
fruit is attractively persistent on plant, unless eaten by wildlife
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