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Ferocactus wislizeni

Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ferocactus (fer-oh-KAK-tus) (Info)
Species: wislizeni (wis-LIZ-en-ee) (Info)

Synonym:Echinocactus wislizeni
Synonym:Echinocactus arizonicus
Synonym:Ferocactus wislizenii
Synonym:Echinocactus wislizenii

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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
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

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

Bloom Color:
Gold (Yellow-Orange)
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer


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:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors
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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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Xenomorf On Dec 1, 2006, Xenomorf from Valley of the Sun, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

I've seen these growing in the wild in Oro Valley, AZ; Oracle Junction, AZ and on the West Ruby Road Trail in Arizona (South of Tucson), off of Interstate 19 through to Ruby, AZ and on to Arivaca, AZ.

Neutral smiln32 On Nov 9, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Grows in sandy desert, grassland and rocky areas such as El Paso County in TX and various places in AZ. This cactus can reach 10' in height and up to 2' in diameter. Flowers are orange and can be up to 2 1/2" in diameter. Fruit is showy - yellow when ripe.


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

Arivaca, Arizona
Catalina, Arizona
Goodyear, Arizona
Green Valley, Arizona
Oracle, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona (2 reports)
Queen Creek, Arizona
Rio Rico, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona (2 reports)
Bostonia, California
Davis, California
Hesperia, California
Thousand Oaks, California
Henderson, Nevada
Alamogordo, New Mexico
Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico
La Luz, New Mexico
Las Cruces, New Mexico
Arlington, Texas
El Paso, Texas
San Antonio, Texas

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