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Southwestern Barrel Cactus

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Ferocactus wislizeni. The Southwestern barrel cactus is the most prominent of the barrel cacti of the Sonoran desert featuring stunning red flowers and light red recurved spines. Very old specimens can grow to be five to six feet tall when planted in the ground.

Ferocactus wislizeni is native to the arid regions of the Southwestern United States, including Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and parts of northern Mexico. The cactus is covered with long, recurved spines, giving it the "Fishhook" name.

Cold Tolerance:

Ferocactus wislizeni is adapted to hot and arid climates but has good cold tolerance compared to many other cactus species. It can withstand temperatures down to about 10-15°F or lower for short periods. However, protection from prolonged exposure to severe freezing temperatures is advisable.

Ornamental Uses:

Xeriscaping: The Southwest Barrel Cactus is a popular choice for xeriscaping and water-wise landscapes due to its adaptation to very hot and arid conditions.

Rock Gardens: Its barrel-shaped form and spiny appearance make it a suitable addition to rock gardens and succulent gardens.

Container Gardening: Ferocactus wislizeni can be grown in containers, making it suitable for patio or balcony gardens.

Drought-Tolerant Landscapes: The Southwest barrel cactus is well-suited for gardens that emphasize drought tolerance and minimal water requirements.

Architectural Interest: The architectural form and spines provide visual interest, especially when grouped with other succulents.

This cactus thrives in full sunlight and is adapted to dry conditions, requiring minimal water. Like many cacti, it is low-maintenance and can tolerate neglect. The Southwest Barrel Cactus is appreciated for its hardiness, striking appearance, and suitability for water-wise gardening.

5 gallon plants average 9" wide and 6" tall.

Barrel design and application suggestions:

Barrel cacti are very low maintenance and offer subtle beauty and interest. Our golden and red barrels offer great low maintenance color options for container gardeners or those looking to spruce up a landscape. A potted arrangement of cacti and succulents can always use a few barrel cacti for interest and contrast. In the landscape in suitable environments, barrel cacti look phenomenal in groupings. Barrel cacti will take relentless all day sun and moderate cold to the low twenties at night.

Barrel design and application suggestions:

Barrel cacti are very low maintenance and offer subtle beauty and interest. Our golden and red barrels offer great low maintenance color options for container gardeners or those looking to spruce up a landscape. A potted arrangement of cacti and succulents can always use a few barrel cacti for interest and contrast. In the landscape in suitable environments, barrel cacti look phenomenal in groupings. Barrel cacti will take relentless all day sun and moderate cold to the low twenties at night.

Why purchase our Barrel Cacti?

Our barrel cacti are grown in their native habitat right here in Southern Arizona. Raised outdoors with just the right amount of water and fertilizer, they come to you in their natural form. These plants do not come to you from a greenhouse. They are already hardy to whatever growing conditions you have to offer. Our barrel cacti present the same appearance as you will find them in their native habitats.

If you want to plant them in a container for a sunroom, patio or window planter, great! If you want to take your agaves and plant them in the ground, also great! No acclimation needed. Our plants are ready to go!

Reliable packaging and shipping

We strive to offer the most healthy cacti and succulents you can find anywhere that are shipped right to your door. Our plants are professionally packaged with expertise honed by shipping amazing plants to customers like you for over 20 years. Our packaging process ensures a bare minimum of damaged orders. All of our plants are wrapped in bubble wrap and tape, which should not be taken off until your plant is in its final home. The bubble wrap offers you and the plant additional protection while planting. All of our plants are shipped bare root

Reliable packaging and shipping

We strive to offer the most healthy cacti and succulents you can find anywhere that are shipped right to your door. Our plants are professionally packaged with expertise honed by shipping amazing plants to customers like you for over 20 years. Our packaging process ensures a bare minimum of damaged orders. All of our plants are wrapped in bubble wrap and tape, which should not be taken off until your plant is in its final home. The bubble wrap offers you and the plant additional protection while planting. All of our plants are shipped bare root

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Anonymous
Very satisfied with order

every arrived packed well and healthy

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Jeffrey Johnson
More than satisfied

I was greatly surprised at the size of the plant. Very well packed and arrived in great shape. It also had two ripe fruit so I planted the seed and they are growing.

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Zoe Justice
Loving the red flowers it blooms

Once the little red flowers started to bloom I could not take my eyes off of it! I am hoping it grows to be quite a bit larger.

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Olivia Marshall
Safe & Sound

My plant got here safe and sound. I am still trying to decide whether to plant it outside by my front door or beside my patio.

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Millie Hutton
My favorite species of cacti

Love how big this cactus grows to be when matured. The spikes on it are intense looking and the flowers are beautiful as always.

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