Ferocactus glaucescens Blue Barrel
Ferocactus glaucescens Blue Barrel
Ferocactus glaucescens Blue Barrel
Ferocactus glaucescens Blue Barrel
Ferocactus glaucescens Blue Barrel
Ferocactus glaucescens Blue Barrel
Ferocactus glaucescens Blue Barrel
Ferocactus glaucescens Blue Barrel
Ferocactus glaucescens Blue Barrel
Ferocactus glaucescens Blue Barrel

Ferocactus glaucescens Blue Barrel Cactus

(This plant comes in a 3.5-inch pot. All our plants are grown under the same conditions, although not all the plants are the same. You will receive a similar plant in size and shape to the ones in the pictures. Our plants are hand-picked and carefully selected to bring you the best quality possible. Please allow us up to 3 business days to process your order. If you wish to receive your order on a specific date, or have special instructions, please add a note at the checkout. The plant is shipped in its pot to prevent any damage to the roots.)

The common name of Ferocactus glaucescens is ‘Blue barrel cactus.’ Found mostly in deciduous dry forests and shrublands, the Mexico origin plant thrives on limestone-filled hilly slopes. The plant has a globose to cylindrical shape with evenly distributed spines all over. As the plant matures, multiple heads are produced. The winter-dormant succulent has a fast growth rate and demands full sun exposure for healthy growth. It belongs to the Cactaceae family, growing up to about 2 feet in height.

Growth Rate

Ferocactus glaucescens grows fast and multiplies into numerous heads with age.


The blooming season is spring, when the plant bears yellow-colored funnel-shaped flowers, later turning into white fruits.

Watering and Feeding

Ferocactus glaucescens is a drought-tolerant plant. When watering, ensure that the soil is meticulously saturated. Between two waterings, ensure that the soil is completely dried out. It is always better to underwater the succulent rather than overwater. During winters, watering should be minimal.


Ferocactus glaucescens should be potted in sandy, well-drained soil. Using a typical potting mix is ideal.


The hardiness zone of the Blue barrel cactus is between 9b and 11b. The plant is frost tolerant up to a temperature of -4 °C (24.8 °F).


Blue barrel cactus requires full sun exposure even during the afternoon hours. When planted indoors, ensure that the plant is placed towards the western or southern direction.


Planting offsets from mature plants is the best way to propagate Ferocactus glaucescens.

Blue barrel cactus is different from other cacti varieties because of the precise spines on its body. Looks fabulous wherever planted! 

Some of the information in this description has been found at desert-tropicals.com, llifle.com and cactus-art.biz

Blooming Season Spring
Common Name Blue barrel cactus
Dormancy Winter
Family Cactaceae
Flower Yellow
Frost Tolerance -4 °c
Growth Rate Fast
Hardiness Zone 9b to 11b
Height 2 feet
Origin Mexico
Pot Size 3.5"
Scientific Name Ferocactus glaucescens blue barrel
Shape Cylindrical
Sun Exposure Full sun
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Monique M.
United States United States

just as pictured

very good experience. Highly recommend this company

mike g.
United States United States

Beautiful Products

Very happy with this Blue Barrell!! Can't wait to make it flower here in Michigan!!

Wanda B.
United States United States

My little plant

I have been purchasing many variety of different types of cactus from Homedepot , Lowes, Amazon and Planet desert. When I received my plants from planet desert I expected bigger and was also disappointed with the time of shipping which cost $18 which were to be delivered in two days turn into 5 days. It doesn't give you the option on shipping . $18 and to be delivered in two days which isn't the case. I decided not to purchase online plants because either I receive damage, tiny or shipment is not on time. But overall my cute little plant looks healthy. One day I can laugh about the cost and the lesson learned. The convenience of online might be to push a screen but the over all experiences of purchasing plants are to go to the store and see and select what you want in a plant. Size, Cost and the health of the plant and soil. No better experience. This is only my opinion.

catherine w.
United States United States

So glad I ordered

I couldn't be more happy with the over all experience.Everything was easy from ordering to getting my package.The packaging was excellent,love the way they take care to the details.I will order again as I trust it will be a smooth transaction.Thanks Planet Desert.

Ferocactus glaucescens Blue Barrel

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Colder regions warning: If you are expecting temperatures below 40 degrees within the next five days after placing your order, we highly recommend adding a heat pack to your order. We are now offering 72-hour heat packs by request. If your order is $50.00 or more, you will get a heat pack free of charge. To prevent plants from freezing while in transit, orders placed for areas with extreme severe freezing temperatures will be held for shipment until it is safe to ship. Care instructions are included in every package you order. We ship via USPS Priority Mail, and we calculate the shipping cost based on the weight and volume of your purchase. Depending on your location, we will ship the plants on a certain day to avoid transit time during weekends or holidays. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact us at any time.