Texas Barrel Cactus &
Texas Barrel Cactus &
Texas Barrel Cactus &
Texas Barrel Cactus &

Native to southwestern Texas and northern Mexico, the Texas barrel cactus, also known as Ferocactus hamatacanthus, is a vibrant member of the Ferocactus genus; among other popular Golden barrel cactus and White barrel cactus. It gets its name from its barrel-like shape and originates from the state of Texas. It belongs to the cactus family and is also known as the Mexican fruit cactus, Turk's head, and Echinocactus hamatacanthus.

This Ferocactus species has a unique appearance with its ribbed, erect-spherical to cylindrical body covered in sharp radial spines. The spines can vary in color, ranging from dark brown to reddish-brown, adding to their striking visual appeal. These central spines serve as a protective mechanism, deterring animals from grazing on the Ferocactus hamatacanthus.

One of the most fascinating features of Ferocactus hamatacanthus is its ability to store water in its thick, succulent stem. This adaptation allows it to survive in arid and desert environments with limited rainfall. During periods of drought, the cactus relies on its stored water to sustain itself.

When it comes to size, the Ferocactus hamatacanthus can reach impressive heights of up to 3 feet and have a diameter of about 1.5 feet. Its robust stature and resilient nature make it a standout feature in any desert landscape or xeriscape garden.

In terms of flowering, the Texas barrel cactus produces vibrant, funnel-shaped blooms that emerge from the top of the cactus along the well-developed floral tubes. The flowers can vary in color, ranging from yellow to orange, and they typically appear during the spring or early summer months. These blooms attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies, contributing to the overall biodiversity of the ecosystem.

When it comes to care, your Ferocactus hamatacanthustexas barrel cactus prefers well-drained cactus soil and full sun exposure to partial shade for at least 4-6 hours daily. It prefers dry conditions, making it an ideal choice for xeriscaping or low-water gardens. You can grow this Ferocactus hamatacanthus outdoors in USDA zones 6–11. Additionally, it's important to handle this Texas barrel cactus with caution because of its sharp spines.

Bloom Season Spring, Early summer
Botanical Name Ferocactus hamatacanthus
Common Name Texas barrel cactus, mexican fruit cactus, Turk's head
Dormancy Winter
Family Cactaceae
Flower Color Bright yellow
Genus Ferocactus
Growth Habit Cylindrical
Growth Rate Slow
Hardiness Zone 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
Mature Size 3 ft. tall, 1.5 ft. wide
Native Area Southwestern Texas, Mexico
Plant Type Cactus
Propagation By seeds
Resistance Drought tolerant, frost tolerant, pest resistance
Soil PH 6.5, Acidic, Neutral
Soil Type well-drained cactus soil
Special Features Easy to maintain
Sun Exposure Full sun, partial shade
Toxicity Safe for humans, safe for pets
Watering Needs Low

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Texas Barrel Cactus 'Ferocactus hamatacanthus'

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Native to southwestern Texas and northern Mexico, the Texas barrel cactus, also known as Ferocactus hamatacanthus, is a vibrant member of the Ferocactus genus; among other popular Golden barrel cactus and White barrel cactus. It gets its name from its barrel-like shape and originates from the state of Texas. It belongs to the cactus family and is also known as the Mexican fruit cactus, Turk's head, and Echinocactus hamatacanthus.

This Ferocactus species has a unique appearance with its ribbed, erect-spherical to cylindrical body covered in sharp radial spines. The spines can vary in color, ranging from dark brown to reddish-brown, adding to their striking visual appeal. These central spines serve as a protective mechanism, deterring animals from grazing on the Ferocactus hamatacanthus.

One of the most fascinating features of Ferocactus hamatacanthus is its ability to store water in its thick, succulent stem. This adaptation allows it to survive in arid and desert environments with limited rainfall. During periods of drought, the cactus relies on its stored water to sustain itself.

When it comes to size, the Ferocactus hamatacanthus can reach impressive heights of up to 3 feet and have a diameter of about 1.5 feet. Its robust stature and resilient nature make it a standout feature in any desert landscape or xeriscape garden.

In terms of flowering, the Texas barrel cactus produces vibrant, funnel-shaped blooms that emerge from the top of the cactus along the well-developed floral tubes. The flowers can vary in color, ranging from yellow to orange, and they typically appear during the spring or early summer months. These blooms attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies, contributing to the overall biodiversity of the ecosystem.

When it comes to care, your Ferocactus hamatacanthustexas barrel cactus prefers well-drained cactus soil and full sun exposure to partial shade for at least 4-6 hours daily. It prefers dry conditions, making it an ideal choice for xeriscaping or low-water gardens. You can grow this Ferocactus hamatacanthus outdoors in USDA zones 6–11. Additionally, it's important to handle this Texas barrel cactus with caution because of its sharp spines.

Bloom Season Spring, Early summer
Botanical Name Ferocactus hamatacanthus
Common Name Texas barrel cactus, mexican fruit cactus, Turk's head
Dormancy Winter
Family Cactaceae
Flower Color Bright yellow
Genus Ferocactus
Growth Habit Cylindrical
Growth Rate Slow
Hardiness Zone 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
Mature Size 3 ft. tall, 1.5 ft. wide
Native Area Southwestern Texas, Mexico
Plant Type Cactus
Propagation By seeds
Resistance Drought tolerant, frost tolerant, pest resistance
Soil PH 6.5, Acidic, Neutral
Soil Type well-drained cactus soil
Special Features Easy to maintain
Sun Exposure Full sun, partial shade
Toxicity Safe for humans, safe for pets
Watering Needs Low

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