Ferocactus latispinus Britton & Rose
Devil's Tongue Barrel Cactus, Devil's Tongue Barrel, Devil's Tongue Cactus, Crow's Claw Cactus, Fish Hook Cactus
Bisnaga latispina, Bisnaga recurva subsp. latispina, Cactus latispinus, Echinocactus corniger var. latispinus, Echinocactus cornigerus f. latispinus, Echinocactus latispinus, Echinocactus recurvus var. latispinus, Ferocactus recurvus var. latispinus, Mammillaria latispina
Ferocactus latispinus is an attractive cactus with a spherical light green stem with 13 to 23 acute ribs and clusters of colorful spines. It grows up to 16 inches (40 cm) in diameter. Each areole bears 6 to15 radial spines and usually 4 central spines. The radial spines are straight, up to 1 inch (2.5 cm) long, white, yellow, pink, or reddish. The central spines are longer and more colored than the radial spines. One is wider, flat, up to 3 inches (7.5 cm) long, and apically bent downward or hooked. Flowers are funnel-shaped up to 1.6 inches (4 cm) long and appear in late fall or early winter. They are rich-rose, purple, mauve, purple-blue. Fruits are spherical to elongate and up to 1 inch (2.5 cm) long.
USDA hardiness zones 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °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.
This species is native to Mexico.
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