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PlantFiles: Fire Barrel Cactus, Biznaga
Ferocactus gracilis subsp. coloratus

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Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ferocactus (fer-oh-KAK-tus) (Info)
Species: gracilis subsp. coloratus

Synonym:Ferocactus coloratus

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Category:
Cactus and Succulents

Height:
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Spacing:
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

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
Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:
Succulent

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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Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral Xenomorf On Apr 16, 2005, Xenomorf from Valley of the Sun, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

The flowers are reported to be red only by some, and yellow with a red stripe or tinge by others.
The 'gracilis' subspecies usually grows higher than 3 feet. it's central spines are less than 5mm wide.
The 'coloratus' subspecies seldom grows to 3 feet high. It's widest central spines are often wider than 5 mm.
The 'gatesii' subspecies can grow to 5 feet high. It's central spines are only 3 mm wide and curved but not hooked

Positive palmbob On Aug 19, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

basically I think this is a taller, redder-spined version of F gracilis. Striking specimen and landscape plant from Baja California. Huge, flattened deep maroon/red spines

Regional...

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

Phoenix, Arizona
Hesperia, California



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