Ferocactus latispinus Devil's Tongue

Ferocactus Latispinus Devil's Tongue

This cactus is a species of barrel cacti that are native to Mexico. It grows as a single light green cactus that get up to 16". Its spines range from white to reddish in color and are pretty flat. They flower during autumn to early winter. Their flowers are usually purplish yellowish and reach up to 4 cm long.

Ferocactus latispinus is commonly found at elevated places, almost 600 to 2,600 meters above sea level. The species has its origin in Argentina and goes by the common name 'Devil's Tongue.' Growing up to a height of 12 inches, the globose-shaped plant is modest-sized flat-topped growing solitary all its life. The winter-dormant cactus belongs to the Cactaceae family and requires full sun exposure to thrive. It has a characteristic slow growth rate but when cultivated, grows well.

Growth Rate

Ferocactus latispinus cacti are slow-growing, especially at the start. If well taken care of, they have healthy growth.


This plant bears white flowers during the blooming season, usually late spring, and lasts for about two weeks.

Watering and Feeding

Devil's Tongue requires plenty of water. However, one should not wet the plant body, especially when placed in the sun. It can cause sunburns on its body causing fungal infections.


Ferocactus latispinus requires good draining soil.


The hardiness zone for the plant is 9b to 11. It can withstand periodic light frost with a frost tolerance temperature up to -5ºC (23ºF).


The Devil's Tongue demands full sun exposure but ensures the plant body is completely dried out.


This solitarily growing cactus can be propagated from seeds only.

Ferocactus latispinus is famous as Candy cactus because many people make sweets by soaking the core in sugar. If you love succulents just for the looks, this species is definitely for you.

Blooming Season Late spring for two weeks
Common Name Devil's tongue
Dormancy Winter
Family Cactaceae
Flower White
Frost Tolerance -5 C 
Growth Rate Slow
Hardiness Zone 9b to 11
Height 12"
Origin Argentina
Pot Size 3.5"
Scientific Name Ferocactus latispinus Devil's Tongue
Shape Globose
Sun Exposure Full sun
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Katherine C.
United States United States


Gorgeous little plant. Arrived well packaged and in good health.

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Gorgeous Ferocactus latuspinus

Latuspinus arrived today. He's gorgeous.

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Nancy H.
United States United States

Love it!

When I took off the wrappings around my Devil's Tongue I was simply in awe. This is a beautiful cactus, great color, and well formed. And, yes, it stabbed me but I think it's the way the Devil's Tongue say's, "Hello, I'm home!"It was potted in a pretty green, marbled pot that is so complimentary to DT's color. It will be displayed in a promenant place in my collection of some 20, or more, cacti. Think I might need some more.....

Katherine M.
United States United States

Amazing Cactus!

This came to me impeccably wrapped up and potted, such a beautiful plant. It immediately stabbed me but that’s my own fault. I completely love it!

Ferocactus latispinus Devil's Tongue

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