This ferocactus is a rare species of barrel cactus with a uniquely blue tinted skin. It is native to Hidalgo, Mexico. It will grow into a substantial plant about 22 inches tall and 24 inches diameter,It produces yellow flowers and a white fruit. Easy to grow once established, avoid watering the skin of the plant in bright sunlight as this can cause discoloration. Limited supply. Shown in a 4 inch pot
It is a genus that has long been a major stereotype for the entire cactus family. Their imposing "barrel" shape can be seen in paintings and other forms of desert art, cartoons, and movies. The Ferocactus has been nicknamed "The Traveler’s Friend". This is due to the belief that these "living barrels" are reservoirs of fresh drinking water in the hot arid deserts just waiting to be tapped into by a parched and wayward visitor. As a whole the species included in Ferocactus are indeed barrel-shaped, but some remain as smaller round stems and some may form clumps of few to many stems. These stems are ribbed – mostly straight, sometimes tubercular. All species have stout spines, some of them especially thick and heavy and may be hooked or straight. Spines come in a wide range of colors, often varying within species, and may be yellow, gray, white, brown, pinkish, or most notably, brilliant red. On many species, the central spines feature ridges that run perpendicular to the spine. Flowers come from the top of the plant, often forming a right around the apex. Flowers vary from yellow to red and are funnel shaped opening from between 1 and 2 inches in diameter.