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Barrel Cactus

Barrel Cactus
Barrel Cactus

The barrel cactus is a slow-growing globe-shaped plant. Its native range is from the southern states of the U.S.A. to Mexico. It’s partial to hot climates.

The barrel cactus can grow to 4 feet (1.2m) tall and more than 2 feet (61cm) wide. It has prominent ribs and stout thorns. As it grows older it will produce offsets to form clumps as much as 6 feet (1.8m) wide.

Golden Barrel cactus cluster in Arizona
Golden Barrel cactus cluster in Arizona

The barrel cactus was once almost made extinct in its natural. It was placed under protection and has made a comeback. It is now popular as a landscape specimens in cactus gardens in containers outdoors.

Barrel cactus must be protected from frosts. It can be grown indoors if given a warm, bright spot and low humidity. It must be planted in well-drained cactus mix and allowed to dry out between watering.

The botanical name for the barrel cactus is Echinocactus grusonii.

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