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Ferocactus chrysacanthus
Scientific Name: Ferocactus chrysacanthus (Orcutt) Britton & Rose
Synonym: Echinocactus chrysacanthus, Echinocactus emoryi var. chrysacanthus
Family: Cactaceae
Ferocactus  chrysacanthus Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 8-24
USDA: 9-10

Frost Tolerance: Hardy to at least 25 F. (-4C)

Minimum Avg. Temperature: 50F (10C)

Sun Exposure: Full sun to light shade

Origin: Mexico (Baja California: Cedros Island, San Benito Island)

Growth Habits: Solitary, globose to cylindrical, dark green stem, 1 foot in diameter (30 cm), 3 feet tall (90 cm); 13 to 22 ribs; 4 to 10 curved yellow central spines; 4 to 6 white radials.

Watering Needs: Little to no water when established


The species name "chrysacanthus" comes from the Greek for "with golden spines".

Ferocactus  chrysacanthus

Blooming Habits:
Brownish yellow or orange flowers in summer, 1 inch long (2.5 cm), 2 inches in diameter (5 cm). The inside petals are yellow or orange, the outside ones are brownish.

Fruiting Habits:

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