Ferocactus Gracilis Coloratus
It is known as the Fire Barrel cactus for it's bright red, thick, hook shaped spines. They grow into a sizable barrel shape. Ribs form in the plant as it matures. This cactus is typically a desert dweller and as such can accomodate extreme cold and heat. These are pristine specimens about 2.5 inches in diameter.
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 tuberculate. 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.
Our cactus and succulent plants are all grown in the same conditions and, although not identical, are similar in size and shape to the one pictured. Plants are generally shown in 4-inch diameter pots. We only ship good quality and healthy plants, personally inspected prior to packing. Your plant will ship bare root (unpotted) unless otherwise requested or specified. We include Plant Care instructions with your shipment and they can also be found on our website.
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