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Introduction to Barrel Cactus Plants

Introduction to Barrel Cactus Plants

Ferocactus herrerae

Type 2 - Barrel Cactus. Single fat stem that is globular or columnar.

Barrel cactus are some of the most eye-catching plants because of the unusual size and shape. They don't look like any other plants in there habitat, with their fat round bodies; and they can become quite large. Barrel cactus take on a globular shape when young, which could be more than 30 years. Then, most will become columnar. It is possible to have a barrel cactus that is two feet wide by seven feet tall.

Two of the most popular genera of barrel cactus are Echinocactus and Ferocactus. Most people have heard of the Golden Barrel cactus (Echinocactus grusonii), which can grow to be 24 inches wide the 36 inches tall. However, there is Echinocactus platycanthus, which can mature at 30 inches wide and 84 inches tall. We have all heard of the Fish Hook cactus (Ferocactus wislizeni). But what about Ferocactus diguetii that can reach up to 12 feet tall (3.6 m), 3 feet in diameter (90 cm).

As with hedgehogs there are also contrasts in size with barrel cactus. Some of the smaller ones are Echinocactus texensis, E. horizonthalonius, Ferocactus latispinus, and F. viridescens.

Many the South American cactus species also form a barrel shape, such as Gymnocalycium saglionis, Notocactus herteri, and Echinopsis bruchii (Soehrensia bruchii).

Echinocactus platyacanthus Ferocactus pilosus F. cylindraeceus F. latispinus
Echinocactus platyacanthus Ferocactus pilosus Ferocactus cylindraeceus Ferocactus latispinus

Barrel Cactus category

Barrel Cactus category

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Echinocactus grusonii Golden Barrel 3 Heads LG 38
Echinocactus grusonii Multi Head Golden Barrel XLG
Echinocactus palmeri ingens platyacanthus Big Barrel Cactus 47
Echinopsis melanopotamica 32
Ferocactus cylindraceus Fire Barrel 25
Ferocactus cylindraceus Fire Barrel 26
Ferocactus cylindraceus Fire Barrel 31 Compass Cactus
Ferocactus cylindraceus Fire Barrel 36 Compass Cactus
Ferocactus cylindraceus Fire Barrel 38 Compass Cactus
Ferocactus cylindraceus Fire Barrel 42 Cactus
Ferocactus cylindraceus Fire Barrel 44 Cactus
Ferocactus cylindraceus Fire Barrel 45 Cactus
Ferocactus cylindraceus Fire Barrel 61 Cactus
Ferocactus cylindraceus Fire Barrel Cactus 10
Ferocactus glaucescens Blue Barrel Cactus Multi-head 61
Ferocactus gracilis Bright Red Spines MD
Ferocactus haematacanthus Pink Flower Barrel Cactus Rare 1
Ferocactus haematacanthus Pink Flower Barrel Cactus Rare 151
Ferocactus herrerae Fantastic Spines Barrel Cactus MD
Ferocactus herrerae Variegated Double Barrel Cactus 53
Ferocactus peninsulae Perfect Show Plant Red Spines MD
Ferocactus pottsi v. alamosanus Golden Spined Clumper
Ferocactus rectispinus Extra Long Red Spines 28
Ferocactus rectispinus Extra Long Red Spines 60
Ferocactus viridescens Northern Baja Mature Miniature Barrel Cactus 06
Ferocactus viridescens Northern Baja Mature Miniature Barrel Cactus 08
Ferocactus viridescens Northern Baja Mature Miniature Barrel Cactus 10
Ferocactus viridescens Northern Baja Mature Miniature Barrel Cactus 11
Ferocactus viridescens Northern Baja Mature Miniature Barrel Cactus 12
Ferocactus viridescens Northern Baja Mature Miniature Barrel Cactus 121
Ferocactus viridescens Northern Baja Mature Miniature Barrel Cactus 14
Ferocactus viridescens Northern Baja Mature Miniature Barrel Cactus 15
Ferocactus viridescens Northern Baja Mature Miniature Barrel Cactus 17
Ferocactus viridescens Northern Baja Mature Miniature Barrel Cactus 18
Ferocactus viridescens Northern Baja Mature Miniature Barrel Cactus 19
Ferocactus viridescens Northern Baja Mature Miniature Barrel Cactus 191
Ferocactus viridescens Northern Baja Mature Miniature Barrel Cactus 21
Ferocactus viridescens Northern Baja Mature Miniature Barrel Cactus 24
Ferocactus viridescens Northern Baja Mature Miniature Barrel Cactus 35
Ferocactus wislizenii Fish Hook Barrel Cactus Gold 63
Ferocactus wislizenii Fish Hook Barrel Cactus Large 41
Ferocactus wislizenii Fish Hook Barrel Cactus Large 42
Ferocactus wislizenii Fish Hook Barrel Cactus Large 43
Melocactus azureus Blue Body Pink Cephalium 2
Melocactus azureus Blue Body Pink Cephalium 32
Melocactus azureus Blue Body Pink Cephalium 4
Melocactus azureus Blue Body Pink Cephalium 41
Melocactus azureus Blue Body Pink Cephalium 8
Notocactus magnifica Golden Bristle Spine Cactus LG 16
Soehrensia formosa South American Barrel Cactus 93
Stenocactus p1048 From Palmillas
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