Fire Barrel Cactus – Ferocactus gracilis ‘Coloratus’
Fire Barrel Cactus – Ferocactus gracilis ‘Coloratus’
Fire Barrel Cactus – Ferocactus gracilis ‘Coloratus’
Fire Barrel Cactus – Ferocactus gracilis ‘Coloratus’
Fire Barrel Cactus – Ferocactus gracilis ‘Coloratus’
Fire Barrel Cactus – Ferocactus gracilis ‘Coloratus’
Fire Barrel Cactus – Ferocactus gracilis ‘Coloratus’
Fire Barrel Cactus – Ferocactus gracilis ‘Coloratus’
Fire Barrel Cactus – Ferocactus gracilis ‘Coloratus’
Fire Barrel Cactus – Ferocactus gracilis ‘Coloratus’
Fire Barrel Cactus – Ferocactus gracilis ‘Coloratus’
Fire Barrel Cactus – Ferocactus gracilis ‘Coloratus’
Fire Barrel Cactus – Ferocactus gracilis ‘Coloratus’
Fire Barrel Cactus – Ferocactus gracilis ‘Coloratus’
Fire Barrel Cactus – Ferocactus gracilis ‘Coloratus’
Fire Barrel Cactus – Ferocactus gracilis ‘Coloratus’
Fire Barrel Cactus – Ferocactus gracilis ‘Coloratus’
Fire Barrel Cactus – Ferocactus gracilis ‘Coloratus’
Fire Barrel Cactus – Ferocactus gracilis ‘Coloratus’
Fire Barrel Cactus – Ferocactus gracilis ‘Coloratus’
Fire Barrel Cactus – Ferocactus gracilis ‘Coloratus’
Fire Barrel Cactus – Ferocactus gracilis ‘Coloratus’
Fire Barrel Cactus – Ferocactus gracilis ‘Coloratus’
Fire Barrel Cactus – Ferocactus gracilis ‘Coloratus’
Fire Barrel Cactus – Ferocactus gracilis ‘Coloratus’
Fire Barrel Cactus – Ferocactus gracilis ‘Coloratus’
Fire Barrel Cactus – Ferocactus gracilis ‘Coloratus’
Fire Barrel Cactus – Ferocactus gracilis ‘Coloratus’
Fire Barrel Cactus – Ferocactus gracilis ‘Coloratus’
Fire Barrel Cactus – Ferocactus gracilis ‘Coloratus’
Fire Barrel Cactus – Ferocactus gracilis ‘Coloratus’
Fire Barrel Cactus – Ferocactus gracilis ‘Coloratus’
Fire Barrel Cactus – Ferocactus gracilis ‘Coloratus’
Fire Barrel Cactus – Ferocactus gracilis ‘Coloratus’
Fire Barrel Cactus – Ferocactus gracilis ‘Coloratus’
Fire Barrel Cactus – Ferocactus gracilis ‘Coloratus’
Fire Barrel Cactus – Ferocactus gracilis ‘Coloratus’
Fire Barrel Cactus – Ferocactus gracilis ‘Coloratus’
Fire Barrel Cactus – Ferocactus gracilis ‘Coloratus’
Fire Barrel Cactus – Ferocactus gracilis ‘Coloratus’
Fire Barrel Cactus – Ferocactus gracilis ‘Coloratus’
Fire Barrel Cactus – Ferocactus gracilis ‘Coloratus’

Introducing the Ferocactus gracilis coloratus, known as fire barrel cactus, which is a popular barrel cactus that belongs to the Ferocactus genus. The name "fire barrel" is derived from its fiery red or orange spines, which add to its visual appeal. 

Native to the arid regions of the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico, it is well-adapted to survive in harsh desert environments and is known for its ability to withstand extreme temperatures and prolonged periods of drought. 


The Ferocactus gracilis coloratus is an unbranched, deep green, erect plant up to 10 feet tall and 3 feet wide, with prominent ribs and long central spines that can grow up to 1 foot long.

It was initially globular like most barrel cactus but later became cylindrical.

The central spines are often straight, but they have yellow tips and a hooked end.

The Ferocactus gracilis var. coloratus is a beautiful cactus with unique spines and seeds.

Its lower spines are similar to those of the Ferocactus gracilis species but less broad and have less red pigment, while its seeds are more angular and irregular. The var. coloratus spines have shorter upper and lower central spines than the Ferocactus gracilis.  

When it comes to flowers, the fire barrel cactus produces beautiful blooms in shades of red with darker red midveins. These flowers typically appear in late spring to early summer and attract pollinators such as bees and hummingbirds. After pollination, the cactus develops small, fleshy fruits that contain seeds. 

When it comes to care, the fire barrel cactus thrives in well-draining soil and requires full sun exposure to ensure optimal growth. It is highly drought-tolerant and only needs occasional watering, especially during the summer months. It's important to avoid overwatering, as this can lead to root rot.  

Ferocactus gracilis coloratus thrives indoors in temperatures between 50-80°F and prefers to be placed outdoors in USDA zones 9-11 for optimal growth. Additionally, providing protection from frost during the winter months is crucial. 

In terms of propagation, the fire barrel cactus can be propagated through seeds or by carefully removing and replanting its offsets, also known as pups. It's important to handle the cactus with care, as its spines can be sharp and prickly. 

Don't miss out on this opportunity to add something truly exceptional to your garden. Order your very own fire barrel cactus for sale today! 

Additionally, if you want to learn more about other popular barrel cacti, click here to read about the Barrel cactus varieties. 

Bloom Season Late spring, early summer
Botanical Name Ferocactus gracilis
Common Name Fire barel cactus, Mexican fruit cactus
Dormancy Winter
Family Cactaceae
Flower Color Red
Genus Ferocactus
Growth Habit Globose
Growth Rate Fast
Hardiness Zone 9, 10, 11
Mature Size Up to 10 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide
Native Area Mexico
Plant Type Cactus
Propagation By seeds
Resistance Drought tolerant, heat tolerant, deer resistant, pest resistant
Soil PH 6.5, Acidic, Neutral
Soil Type Cactus potting mix soil
Special Features Easy to maintain
Sun Exposure Full sun, partial shade
Toxicity Mild Toxic for humans, mild toxic for pets (Keep away from children)
Watering Needs Low

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Fire Barrel Cactus – Ferocactus gracilis ‘Coloratus’

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Introducing the Ferocactus gracilis coloratus, known as fire barrel cactus, which is a popular barrel cactus that belongs to the Ferocactus genus. The name "fire barrel" is derived from its fiery red or orange spines, which add to its visual appeal. 

Native to the arid regions of the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico, it is well-adapted to survive in harsh desert environments and is known for its ability to withstand extreme temperatures and prolonged periods of drought. 


The Ferocactus gracilis coloratus is an unbranched, deep green, erect plant up to 10 feet tall and 3 feet wide, with prominent ribs and long central spines that can grow up to 1 foot long.

It was initially globular like most barrel cactus but later became cylindrical.

The central spines are often straight, but they have yellow tips and a hooked end.

The Ferocactus gracilis var. coloratus is a beautiful cactus with unique spines and seeds.

Its lower spines are similar to those of the Ferocactus gracilis species but less broad and have less red pigment, while its seeds are more angular and irregular. The var. coloratus spines have shorter upper and lower central spines than the Ferocactus gracilis.  

When it comes to flowers, the fire barrel cactus produces beautiful blooms in shades of red with darker red midveins. These flowers typically appear in late spring to early summer and attract pollinators such as bees and hummingbirds. After pollination, the cactus develops small, fleshy fruits that contain seeds. 

When it comes to care, the fire barrel cactus thrives in well-draining soil and requires full sun exposure to ensure optimal growth. It is highly drought-tolerant and only needs occasional watering, especially during the summer months. It's important to avoid overwatering, as this can lead to root rot.  

Ferocactus gracilis coloratus thrives indoors in temperatures between 50-80°F and prefers to be placed outdoors in USDA zones 9-11 for optimal growth. Additionally, providing protection from frost during the winter months is crucial. 

In terms of propagation, the fire barrel cactus can be propagated through seeds or by carefully removing and replanting its offsets, also known as pups. It's important to handle the cactus with care, as its spines can be sharp and prickly. 

Don't miss out on this opportunity to add something truly exceptional to your garden. Order your very own fire barrel cactus for sale today! 

Additionally, if you want to learn more about other popular barrel cacti, click here to read about the Barrel cactus varieties. 

Bloom Season Late spring, early summer
Botanical Name Ferocactus gracilis
Common Name Fire barel cactus, Mexican fruit cactus
Dormancy Winter
Family Cactaceae
Flower Color Red
Genus Ferocactus
Growth Habit Globose
Growth Rate Fast
Hardiness Zone 9, 10, 11
Mature Size Up to 10 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide
Native Area Mexico
Plant Type Cactus
Propagation By seeds
Resistance Drought tolerant, heat tolerant, deer resistant, pest resistant
Soil PH 6.5, Acidic, Neutral
Soil Type Cactus potting mix soil
Special Features Easy to maintain
Sun Exposure Full sun, partial shade
Toxicity Mild Toxic for humans, mild toxic for pets (Keep away from children)
Watering Needs Low

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