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Echinocactus grusonii var. albispinus

Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Echinocactus (ek-in-oh-KAK-tus) (Info)
Species: grusonii var. albispinus
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Cactus and Succulents

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers


under 6 in. (15 cm)

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


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:

Sun to Partial Shade


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

Bloom Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

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Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


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


Anthem, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona

Bonsall, California

Reseda, California

Somis, California

Windsor, California

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Dec 6, 2009, thistlesifter from Vista, CA wrote:

The plant REQUIRES mildly acid water 6.5pH. It may TO
LERATE 7.8 pH same as it may tolerate a gopher eating its roots.

It also may TOLERATE spray with Roundup. LOL


On Nov 26, 2006, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This form of barrel cactus is becoming a lot more available these last few years in southern California. First one I got I was told it would burn if I exposed it to sun too quickly, so I kept in mostly shade for 8 months, and then gradually brought it out, and it did fine. THe next one I got, I got lazy and put it out in full blazing hot, mid summer California sun... and it did great, too.. no burn. Seems to grow as fast as the yellow form and is very easy so far.


On Mar 24, 2005, cacti_lover from Henderson, NV (Zone 9b) wrote:

I only recently seen this variety of E. grusonii being sold in a local cactus nursery, but seen it in collections a few years ago. It looks just like a regular golden barrel but the spines are white instead of yellow. I think taking care of it would be similar to the golden variety. Never seen them bloom before. Very pretty.