Ferocactus gracilis v. coloratus
Ferocactus gracilis v. coloratus
Ferocactus gracilis v. coloratus
Ferocactus gracilis v. coloratus
Ferocactus gracilis v. coloratus
Ferocactus gracilis v. coloratus

Ferocactus gracilis v. coloratus

(This plant comes in a 3.5" pot. You will receive a very similar plant to the one in the picture. It may or may not be blooming at the time of your purchase. The plant is shipped in its pot to prevent any damage to the roots).


Also known as fire barrel, this Beautiful columnar plant has fire red spines and flowers. Solitary columnar cactus, will grow Ã, up to 8 feet (2.4 m), generally below 4 feet (1.2 m), 12 inches in diameter (30 cm); from 13 to 20 ribs, the number increasing with the maturity of the plant; The areoles are oval, 0.7 to 0.8 inch long (17-20 mm), 0.7 to 0.8 inch apart (17-20 mm); about 9 central spines, up to 2 inches long (5 cm), the lower one flattened, up to 0.4 inch wide; 10 to 14 radials.

There are about 30 species of barrel cactus included in the genus Ferocactus. They are found in southwestern USA and northwestern Mexico. The young specimen are columnar, as they grow older, the ribs get formed and they start taking the typical barrel shape. Most of the species are solitary.

Recommended Temperature Zone:
USDA: 9b-11
Frost Tolerance: Hardy
Minimum Avg. Temperature: 50°F (10°C)
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Origin: Southern Baja California, near San Andres
Growth Habits
Watering Needs: Little water
Propagation: Seeds

Blooming Habits: Yellow red-tinged flowers in early summer followed by yellow fruit.


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

Blooming Season Late summer-autumn
Common Name Mexican fruit cactus
Dormancy Winter
Family Cactaceae
Flower Yellow
Frost Tolerance -5°c
Growth Rate Fast
Hardiness Zone 9 to 11
Height 3-4 feet
Origin Mexico
Pot Size 3.5"
Scientific Name Ferocactus gracilis v. coloratus
Shape Globose
Sun Exposure Partial shade

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Mike B.
United States United States

Nice cactus

Delivered in a timely manner and was surprised at how well it was packed. Removed the bubble wrap to expose a beautiful fireball cactus and was pleased that none of the long thorns were broken. Will order from Planet Desert again.

Planet Desert Ferocactus gracilis v. coloratus Review
United States United States

Just a young one, but sure it's grow like fishhook I had before


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Dave C.

Thank you! Arrived quickly. Very nice cact...

Thank you! Arrived quickly. Very nice cactus!

Monte B.



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