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Ferocactus pilosus var. pringlei

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Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ferocactus (fer-oh-KAK-tus) (Info)
Species: pilosus var. pringlei

Synonym:Ferocactus pringlei
Synonym:Ferocactus stainesii var. pringlei

Category:
Cactus and Succulents

Height:
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

Spacing:
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Danger:
Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:
Red
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Unknown - Tell us

Foliage:
Unknown - Tell us

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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Profile:

2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive Cereuspete On Sep 17, 2014, Cereuspete from Tucson, AZ wrote:

This plant grew well at 4000' and survived the rather frigid winters IF the soil was reasonably dry. A striking plant that creates a wonderful juxtapose against the Golden Barrel (Echinocactus grusonii.)

Positive QCHammy On Feb 12, 2008, QCHammy from San Tan Valley, AZ (Zone 9a) wrote:

Have this plant in the front yard about 7 ft from the house. Sustained no damage at all during the severe freeze in early 07. Low for Queen Creek was 16 degrees that night. The following night the low was about 20. May have received some warmth from the house but still is very hardy.

Neutral Xenomorf On Apr 19, 2005, Xenomorf from Valley of the Sun, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

The 'pilosus' variety appears to have brighter red and bigger and thicker central spines compared to the 'pringlei' variety. They are currently only varieties and have not been promoted to the rank of subspecies.
The flowers are yellow to red.

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Grenoble,
Benson, Arizona
Green Valley, Arizona
Queen Creek, Arizona
Scottsdale, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona
Hesperia, California
San Leandro, California
San Antonio, Texas



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