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Ferocactus gracilis ssp. coloratus
Scientific Name: Ferocactus gracilis ssp. coloratus (Gates) N.P. Taylor
Synonym: Ferocactus coloratus
Family: Cactaceae
Ferocactus  gracilis ssp. coloratus Recommended Temperature Zone:
USDA: 9b-11

Frost Tolerance: Hardy in Phoenix

Minimum Avg. Temperature: 50°F (10°C)

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: Southern Baja California, near San Andrés

Growth Habits: Solitary columnar cactus, slowly up to 8 feet (2.4 m), generally below 4 feet (1.2 m), 12 inches in diameter (30 cm); from 13 to 20 ribs, the number increasing with the maturity of the plant; areoles oval, 0.7 to 0.8 inch long (17-20 mm), 0.7 to 0.8 inch apart (17-20 mm); about 9 central spines, up to 2 inches long (5 cm), the lower one flattened, up to 0.4 inch wide; 10 to 14 radials.

Watering Needs: Little water


Beautiful columnar Baja Calif. plant with fire red spines and flowers.

Blooming Habits:
Yellow red-tinged flowers in early summer followed by yellow fruit.

Fruiting Habits:

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