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California Barrel Cactus
Scientific Name: Ferocactus cylindraceus ssp. lecontei (Engelm.) N.P.Taylor
Synonym: Echinocactus lecontei, Ferocactus cylindraceus var. lecontei
Family: Cactaceae
California Barrel Cactus (Ferocactus  cylindraceus ssp. lecontei)
As Ferocactus cylindraceus var. lecontei at the Rancho Sta Ana Botanical Garden
Recommended Temperature Zone:
USDA: 9-10

Frost Tolerance: Will take some frost

Minimum Avg. Temperature: 50F (10C)

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: USA (northwestern Arizona, eastern California, southwestern Utah, southern Nevada), Mexico (Baja California)

Growth Habits: Solitary, relatively slender for a barrel cactus, grows slowly to 8 feet tall (2.4 m), 12 inches in diameter (30 cm); 18 to 25 obtuse ribs; Areoles are 0.6 to 0.8 inches apart (1.5 to 2 cm); 1 to 4 central spines, the lower is longer, slightly hooked, 2 to 4 inches long (5-10 cm); 5 to 8 white spreading radial spines, 0.8 to 1 inches (2-2.5 cm).

Watering Needs:


Blooming Habits:
The Compass Barrel has yellow or orange flowers in May and June, 1.6 to 2.4 cm (4-6 cm). The fruit is yellow.

Fruiting Habits:

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