Ferocactus hamatacanthus subsp. sinuatus (A.Dietr.) N.P.Taylor
Mexican Fruit Cactus, Yellow Turk's Head, Turk's Head Barrel, Turk's Head Cactus, Turk's Head Barrel Cactus, Viznaga Barrel Cactus, Texas Barrel Cactus
Ferocactus hamatacanthus var. sinuatus, Echinocactus sinuatus (basionym), Echinocactus longihamatus var. sinuatus, Echinocactus longihamatus f. sinuatus, Echinocactus setispinus var. sinuatus, Bisnaga haematacantha subsp. sinuata, Hamatocactus sinuatus
Ferocactus hamatacanthus subsp. sinuatus is a smaller version of Ferocactus hamatacanthus. It is a barrel cactus with a solitary or sparsely clumping, dark green stem that grows up to 12 inches (30 cm) tall, and up to 8 inches (20 cm) in diameter. It has 13 to 17 tuberculate ribs, circular to elliptic areoles up to 1.2 inches (3 cm) apart, and 12 to 16 spines per areole. The flowers are funnel-shaped, pale yellow, up to 3 inches (7.5 cm) long, and up to 3.6 inches (9 cm) in diameter.
USDA hardiness zones 8b to 11b: from 15 °F (−9.4 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Choose a location that receives direct sun during all or most of the day. Plant your Barrel Cactus in early spring before new roots begin to form. The roots may appear dry, but that is typical before new growth begins. Dig a hole deep enough for the plant's roots and amend it as needed to provide fast-draining soil. A good soil mixture includes 10 percent native soil, 45 percent washed sand or pumice, and 45 percent compost.
Water the cactus at the time of planting to anchor it into the soil. Water again only if the weather in your area is unseasonably dry and if normal spring or winter rainfall doesn't occur. Ferocactus needs a dormant period with dry soil during the winter.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Ferocactus.
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