camera identify
Try for Free
tab list
PictureThis
English
arrow
English
繁體中文
日本語
Español
Français
Deutsch
Pусский
Português
Italiano
한국어
Nederlands
العربية
Svenska
Polskie
ภาษาไทย
Bahasa Melayu
Bahasa Indonesia
PictureThis
Search
Search Plants
Try for Free
Global
English
English
繁體中文
日本語
Español
Français
Deutsch
Pусский
Português
Italiano
한국어
Nederlands
العربية
Svenska
Polskie
ภาษาไทย
Bahasa Melayu
Bahasa Indonesia
This page looks better in the app
about about
About
key_facts key_facts
Key Facts
distribution_map distribution_map
Distribution
care_detail care_detail
How To Care
children children
All Species
pupular_genus pupular_genus
More Genus
pic top
Ferocactus
Ferocactus
Ferocactus
Ferocactus
Ferocactus (Ferocactus)
Ferocactus are large-sized, barrel-shaped cacti. They have large spines, prominent ribs, and fragrant flowers. As drought-loving plants, they are native to the deserts of North America and Latin America. They are named 'Ferocactus' after their spines, as this term derives from the Greek words for "fierce spines."
Lifespan
Lifespan
Perennial
Plant Type
Plant Type
Succulent
info

Key Facts About Ferocactus

feedback
Feedback
feedback

Attributes of Ferocactus

Plant Height
2 m
Spread
1.2 m
Leaf type
Evergreen
Ideal Temperature
20 - 41 ℃

Scientific Classification of Ferocactus

distribution

Distribution of Ferocactus

feedback
Feedback
feedback

Distribution Map of Ferocactus

distribution map
Native
Cultivated
Invasive
Potentially invasive
Exotic
No species reported
habit
care detail

How to Grow and Care for Ferocactus

feedback
Feedback
feedback
how to grow and care
Ferocactus thrive in environments with high light exposure, minimal water, well-draining soils, and warm temperatures, replicating their native arid habitats. Gardeners often face challenges including root rot from overwatering and pest infestations such as spider mites. Seasonally, ferocactus require less water in winter when dormant, and they can be sensitive to cold, necessitating shelter or indoor placement in cooler climates. Adjust care year-round to prevent stress and sustain health.
More Info About Caring for Ferocactus
species

Exploring the Ferocactus Plants

feedback
Feedback
feedback
8 most common species:
Ferocactus peninsulae
Townsend barrel cactus
Townsend barrel cactus (Ferocactus peninsulae) is native to the Mexican state of Baja California Sur. Townsend barrel cactus grows in sandy or rocky soil and on hillsides in the wild. Due to illegal collection, this species is declining in the wild. Townsend barrel cactus is also eaten by cattle and its natural habitat is sensitive to urbanization.
Ferocactus wislizeni
Fishhook barrel cactus
Fishhook barrel cactus (*Ferocactus wislizeni*) is a succulent that will grow from 91 to 183 cm tall. A very rare cactus, it has spines that resemble fishhooks. It prefers full sun in sandy, well-drained soil and can be grown outdoors, but cannot withstand cold temperatures. It blooms in summer with yellow to red-orange flowers that grow on top of the cactus.
Ferocactus cylindraceus
California barrel cactus
California barrel cactus, or Ferocactus cylindraceus, gets its name from its barrel shape. Also, ferocactus means fierce or wild cactus. This is probably the largest type of cactus that grows in American deserts. This cactus has fierce spines, flowers that grow out of the top, and hollow yellow fruits that generally are not regarded as edible.
Ferocactus hamatacanthus
Turk's head
Another name for turk's head (Ferocactus hamatacanthus) is the Mexican fruit cactus. You’ll mostly find this prickly species in the Chihuahuan Desert, next to the Rio Grande, and located in northern Mexico and the southwestern U.S. You can eat the fleshy fruits produced by the plant.
Ferocactus viridescens
San diego barrelcactus
The san diego barrelcactus (Ferocactus viridescens) is a rare species of barrel cactus. This North American plant is almost exclusively found in San Diego County in California, where its natural habitat has been threatened by development. It is not cold hardy, although it can be grown outdoors in the warm summer months.
Ferocactus latispinus
Devil's tongue barrel
Devil's tongue barrel is a desert cactus found in the southwestern United States and Mexico. Its name comes from its spiny, barrel-shaped body and the devilish appearance it gives. Native tribes have used its fruits as a source of water and food, while modern gardeners appreciate its ornamental value. It blooms in the spring and summer, attracting pollinators, and is drought-tolerant. Watch out for its sharp spines and avoid touching them, as they can cause skin irritation.
Ferocactus gracilis
Fire barrel cactus
Native to Mexico, the fire barrel cactus can be found in rocky habitats and gravelly plains. While young, it resembles a barrel in shape, but as it ages it becomes more cylindrical. Some specimens can become exceptionally tall, reaching a height of around 3 meters. This species is known to thrive in a symbiotic relationship with ants.
Ferocactus histrix
Candy barrel cactus
Candy barrel cactus is a large, spiny cactus that is native to Mexico and the southwestern United States. It is named for its barrel-like shape and its formidable spines, which can grow up to several inches long. It has a long lifespan - some individuals have been known to live for over a hundred years! This cactus is adapted to survive in hot, arid environments and is able to store water in its thick stem. This ability to store water makes candy barrel cactus a popular choice for xeriscaping and other water-efficient landscaping projects.

All Species of Ferocactus

Townsend barrel cactus
Ferocactus peninsulae
Townsend barrel cactus
Townsend barrel cactus (Ferocactus peninsulae) is native to the Mexican state of Baja California Sur. Townsend barrel cactus grows in sandy or rocky soil and on hillsides in the wild. Due to illegal collection, this species is declining in the wild. Townsend barrel cactus is also eaten by cattle and its natural habitat is sensitive to urbanization.
Fishhook barrel cactus
Ferocactus wislizeni
Fishhook barrel cactus
Fishhook barrel cactus (*Ferocactus wislizeni*) is a succulent that will grow from 91 to 183 cm tall. A very rare cactus, it has spines that resemble fishhooks. It prefers full sun in sandy, well-drained soil and can be grown outdoors, but cannot withstand cold temperatures. It blooms in summer with yellow to red-orange flowers that grow on top of the cactus.
California barrel cactus
Ferocactus cylindraceus
California barrel cactus
California barrel cactus, or Ferocactus cylindraceus, gets its name from its barrel shape. Also, ferocactus means fierce or wild cactus. This is probably the largest type of cactus that grows in American deserts. This cactus has fierce spines, flowers that grow out of the top, and hollow yellow fruits that generally are not regarded as edible.
Turk's head
Ferocactus hamatacanthus
Turk's head
Another name for turk's head (Ferocactus hamatacanthus) is the Mexican fruit cactus. You’ll mostly find this prickly species in the Chihuahuan Desert, next to the Rio Grande, and located in northern Mexico and the southwestern U.S. You can eat the fleshy fruits produced by the plant.
San diego barrelcactus
Ferocactus viridescens
San diego barrelcactus
The san diego barrelcactus (Ferocactus viridescens) is a rare species of barrel cactus. This North American plant is almost exclusively found in San Diego County in California, where its natural habitat has been threatened by development. It is not cold hardy, although it can be grown outdoors in the warm summer months.
Devil's tongue barrel
Ferocactus latispinus
Devil's tongue barrel
Devil's tongue barrel is a desert cactus found in the southwestern United States and Mexico. Its name comes from its spiny, barrel-shaped body and the devilish appearance it gives. Native tribes have used its fruits as a source of water and food, while modern gardeners appreciate its ornamental value. It blooms in the spring and summer, attracting pollinators, and is drought-tolerant. Watch out for its sharp spines and avoid touching them, as they can cause skin irritation.
Fire barrel cactus
Ferocactus gracilis
Fire barrel cactus
Native to Mexico, the fire barrel cactus can be found in rocky habitats and gravelly plains. While young, it resembles a barrel in shape, but as it ages it becomes more cylindrical. Some specimens can become exceptionally tall, reaching a height of around 3 meters. This species is known to thrive in a symbiotic relationship with ants.
Candy barrel cactus
Ferocactus histrix
Candy barrel cactus
Candy barrel cactus is a large, spiny cactus that is native to Mexico and the southwestern United States. It is named for its barrel-like shape and its formidable spines, which can grow up to several inches long. It has a long lifespan - some individuals have been known to live for over a hundred years! This cactus is adapted to survive in hot, arid environments and is able to store water in its thick stem. This ability to store water makes candy barrel cactus a popular choice for xeriscaping and other water-efficient landscaping projects.
Mexican firebarrel
Ferocactus pilosus
Mexican firebarrel
Mexican firebarrel is a slow-growing, barrel-shaped cactus that stands out with its densely packed red spines and yellow or red flowers in the summer. The spines can be used as knitting needles or as a natural fishhook.
Glaucous barrel cactus
Ferocactus glaucescens
Glaucous barrel cactus
Glaucous barrel cactus is a striking blue-green cactus with a spherical to slightly columnar shape, capable of growing up to 60 cm in height. Its robust body is adorned with prominent ribs lined with areoles, from which emerge clusters of yellow to white spines, providing defense and reducing water loss. This desert dweller blooms with cream-colored flowers, while its thick flesh thrives under the intense sun, storing precious water to endure long periods of drought.
Emory's barrel cactus
Ferocactus emoryi
Emory's barrel cactus
Emory's barrel cactus lives in a symbiotic relationship with ants; the ants feed on the cactus' nectar and protect the plant from other insects in return. In the past, the Seris Indians used some parts of this cactus as medicine and food. Today, emory's barrel cactus is cultivated for its ornamental purposes; it can be propagated only by seeds.
Santa catalina barrel cactus
Ferocactus diguetii
Santa catalina barrel cactus
Santa catalina barrel cactus is a robust barrel cactus endemic to Mexican deserts. It features thick, prominent spines and striking yellow flowers that bloom under the intense sun. This cactus thrives in arid conditions, its spherical shape minimizing surface area to reduce water loss and its spines deterring herbivores while providing some shade to its skin. Santa catalina barrel cactus's ability to store water allows it to withstand prolonged droughts.
Townsend's barrel cactus
Ferocactus townsendianus
Townsend's barrel cactus
Townsend's barrel cactus is a robust barrel cactus with a globular shape that elongates over time. Its thick, ridged stem is covered in spiny armor, an adaptation to its arid native habitat. It boasts large, showy, yellowish flowers atop the stem, signaling resilience amidst harsh desert climates. This species is a striking example of nature's ingenuity in water conservation and defense.
Biznaga de dulce
Ferocactus macrodiscus
Biznaga de dulce
Biznaga de dulce has a memorable spherical shape, often being wider than it is high. Its 12 “ribs”, covered in bright red thorns that look like long, skinny, pointed tongues, are what make it easy to differentiate from other cacti. It produces beautiful funnel-shaped purple and yellow flowers in winter.
Sonora barrel cactus
Ferocactus echidne
Sonora barrel cactus
Sonora barrel cactus is a robust barrel cactus with a striking spherical to columnar shape that adapts well to the arid environments of its native habitat. Its surface is adorned with prominent ribs lined with robust spines that offer protection and minimize water loss. These spines, ranging from reddish to yellowish hues, also assist in shading the plant's skin from the intense desert sun.
Fishhook barrel cactus
Ferocactus herrerae
Fishhook barrel cactus
The star of arid rock gardens, fishhook barrel cactus isn't just a captivating sight with its large rounded body and beefy spines. This Mexican native, surprisingly, blooms brilliant yellow flowers in hot summer months, adding an unexpected burst of color to any dry landscape. With high drought resistance and sun tolerance, it's an eco-warrior and gardener's dream, taming wild deserts into paradise.
Ferocactus robustus
Ferocactus robustus
Ferocactus robustus
Ferocactus robustus, a resilient barrel cactus, flourishes in arid landscapes with a stout, cylindrical form that can reach impressive dimensions. Its ribbed surface is armed with sturdy spines, a key defense against desert herbivores. The distinctive bright-yellow flowers crown the cactus, revealing a striking contrast to its green to bluish-green fleshy body.
popular genus

More Popular Genus

feedback
Feedback
feedback
Dracaena
Dracaena
Dracaena are popular house plants that are easy to grow. They can tolerate low-light conditions and require little watering. Their leaves range from variegated to dark green. Their characteristic traits include woody stems that grow slowly but offer a striking appearance for small spaces such as apartments or offices.
Ficus
Fig trees
Fig trees have been cultivated in many regions for their fruits, particularly the common fig, F. carica. Most of the species have edible fruits, although the common fig is the only one of commercial value. Fig trees are also important food sources for wildlife in the tropics, including monkeys, bats, and insects.
Rubus
Brambles
Brambles are members of the rose family, and there are hundreds of different types to be found throughout the European countryside. They have been culturally significant for centuries; Christian folklore stories hold that when the devil was thrown from heaven, he landed on a bramble bush. Their vigorous growth habit can tangle into native plants and take over.
Acer
Maples
The popular tree family known as maples change the color of their leaves in the fall. Many cultural traditions encourage people to watch the colors change, such as momijigari in Japan. Maples popular options for bonsai art. Alternately, their sap is used to create maple syrup.
Prunus
Prunus
Prunus is a genus of flowering fruit trees that includes almonds, cherries, plums, peaches, nectarines, and apricots. These are often known as "stone fruits" because their pits are large seeds or "stones." When prunus trees are damaged, they exhibit "gummosis," a condition in which the tree's gum (similar to sap) is secreted to the bark to help heal external wounds.
Solanum
Nightshades
Nightshades is a large and diverse genus of plants, with more than 1500 different types worldwide. This genus incorporates both important staple food crops like tomato, potato, and eggplant, but also dangerous poisonous plants from the nightshade family. The name was coined by Pliny the Elder almost two thousand years ago.
Rosa
Roses
Most species of roses are shrubs or climbing plants that have showy flowers and sharp thorns. They are commonly cultivated for cut flowers or as ornamental plants in gardens due to their attractive appearance, pleasant fragrance, and cultural significance in many countries. The rose hips (fruits) can also be used in jams and teas.
Quercus
Oaks
Oaks are among the world's longest-lived trees, sometimes growing for over 1,000 years! The oldest known oak tree is in the southern United States and is over 1,500 years old. Oaks produce an exceedingly popular type of wood which is used to make different products, from furniture and flooring to wine barrels and even cosmetic creams.
close
product icon
Continue reading in our app - it's better
A database of 400000+ plants and unlimited guides at your fingertips...
Your Ultimate Guide to Plants
Identify grow and nurture the better way!
product icon
17,000 local species +400,000 global species studied
product icon
Nearly 5 years of research
product icon
80+ scholars in botany and gardening
ad
ad
Botanist in your pocket
Scan the QR code with your phone camera to download the app
About
Key Facts
Distribution
How To Care
All Species
More Genus
Ferocactus
Ferocactus
Ferocactus
Ferocactus
Ferocactus
Ferocactus
Ferocactus
Ferocactus
Ferocactus are large-sized, barrel-shaped cacti. They have large spines, prominent ribs, and fragrant flowers. As drought-loving plants, they are native to the deserts of North America and Latin America. They are named 'Ferocactus' after their spines, as this term derives from the Greek words for "fierce spines."
Lifespan
Lifespan
Perennial
Plant Type
Plant Type
Succulent
info

Key Facts About Ferocactus

feedback
Feedback
feedback

Attributes of Ferocactus

Plant Height
2 m
Spread
1.2 m
Leaf type
Evergreen
Ideal Temperature
20 - 41 ℃

Scientific Classification of Ferocactus

distribution

Distribution of Ferocactus

feedback
Feedback
feedback

Distribution Map of Ferocactus

distribution map
Native
Cultivated
Invasive
Potentially invasive
Exotic
No species reported
care detail

How to Grow and Care for Ferocactus

feedback
Feedback
feedback
Ferocactus thrive in environments with high light exposure, minimal water, well-draining soils, and warm temperatures, replicating their native arid habitats. Gardeners often face challenges including root rot from overwatering and pest infestations such as spider mites. Seasonally, ferocactus require less water in winter when dormant, and they can be sensitive to cold, necessitating shelter or indoor placement in cooler climates. Adjust care year-round to prevent stress and sustain health.
More Info About Caring for Ferocactus
species

Exploring the Ferocactus Plants

feedback
Feedback
feedback
8 most common species:
Ferocactus peninsulae
Townsend barrel cactus
Townsend barrel cactus (Ferocactus peninsulae) is native to the Mexican state of Baja California Sur. Townsend barrel cactus grows in sandy or rocky soil and on hillsides in the wild. Due to illegal collection, this species is declining in the wild. Townsend barrel cactus is also eaten by cattle and its natural habitat is sensitive to urbanization.
Ferocactus wislizeni
Fishhook barrel cactus
Fishhook barrel cactus (*Ferocactus wislizeni*) is a succulent that will grow from 91 to 183 cm tall. A very rare cactus, it has spines that resemble fishhooks. It prefers full sun in sandy, well-drained soil and can be grown outdoors, but cannot withstand cold temperatures. It blooms in summer with yellow to red-orange flowers that grow on top of the cactus.
Ferocactus cylindraceus
California barrel cactus
California barrel cactus, or Ferocactus cylindraceus, gets its name from its barrel shape. Also, ferocactus means fierce or wild cactus. This is probably the largest type of cactus that grows in American deserts. This cactus has fierce spines, flowers that grow out of the top, and hollow yellow fruits that generally are not regarded as edible.
Ferocactus hamatacanthus
Turk's head
Another name for turk's head (Ferocactus hamatacanthus) is the Mexican fruit cactus. You’ll mostly find this prickly species in the Chihuahuan Desert, next to the Rio Grande, and located in northern Mexico and the southwestern U.S. You can eat the fleshy fruits produced by the plant.
Show More Species

All Species of Ferocactus

popular genus

More Popular Genus

feedback
Feedback
feedback
Dracaena
Dracaena
Dracaena are popular house plants that are easy to grow. They can tolerate low-light conditions and require little watering. Their leaves range from variegated to dark green. Their characteristic traits include woody stems that grow slowly but offer a striking appearance for small spaces such as apartments or offices.
Ficus
Fig trees
Fig trees have been cultivated in many regions for their fruits, particularly the common fig, F. carica. Most of the species have edible fruits, although the common fig is the only one of commercial value. Fig trees are also important food sources for wildlife in the tropics, including monkeys, bats, and insects.
Rubus
Brambles
Brambles are members of the rose family, and there are hundreds of different types to be found throughout the European countryside. They have been culturally significant for centuries; Christian folklore stories hold that when the devil was thrown from heaven, he landed on a bramble bush. Their vigorous growth habit can tangle into native plants and take over.
Acer
Maples
The popular tree family known as maples change the color of their leaves in the fall. Many cultural traditions encourage people to watch the colors change, such as momijigari in Japan. Maples popular options for bonsai art. Alternately, their sap is used to create maple syrup.
Prunus
Prunus
Prunus is a genus of flowering fruit trees that includes almonds, cherries, plums, peaches, nectarines, and apricots. These are often known as "stone fruits" because their pits are large seeds or "stones." When prunus trees are damaged, they exhibit "gummosis," a condition in which the tree's gum (similar to sap) is secreted to the bark to help heal external wounds.
Solanum
Nightshades
Nightshades is a large and diverse genus of plants, with more than 1500 different types worldwide. This genus incorporates both important staple food crops like tomato, potato, and eggplant, but also dangerous poisonous plants from the nightshade family. The name was coined by Pliny the Elder almost two thousand years ago.
Rosa
Roses
Most species of roses are shrubs or climbing plants that have showy flowers and sharp thorns. They are commonly cultivated for cut flowers or as ornamental plants in gardens due to their attractive appearance, pleasant fragrance, and cultural significance in many countries. The rose hips (fruits) can also be used in jams and teas.
Quercus
Oaks
Oaks are among the world's longest-lived trees, sometimes growing for over 1,000 years! The oldest known oak tree is in the southern United States and is over 1,500 years old. Oaks produce an exceedingly popular type of wood which is used to make different products, from furniture and flooring to wine barrels and even cosmetic creams.
product icon close
Your Ultimate Guide to Plants
Identify grow and nurture the better way!
product icon
17,000 local species +400,000 global species studied
product icon
Nearly 5 years of research
product icon
80+ scholars in botany and gardening
ad
product icon close
Continue reading in our app - it's better
A database of 400000+ plants
unlimited guides at your fingertips...
Cookie Management Tool
In addition to managing cookies through your browser or device, you can change your cookie settings below.
Necessary Cookies
Necessary cookies enable core functionality. The website cannot function properly without these cookies, and can only be disabled by changing your browser preferences.
Analytical Cookies
Analytical cookies help us to improve our application/website by collecting and reporting information on its usage.
Cookie Name Source Purpose Lifespan
_ga Google Analytics These cookies are set because of our use of Google Analytics. They are used to collect information about your use of our application/website. The cookies collect specific information, such as your IP address, data related to your device and other information about your use of the application/website. Please note that the data processing is essentially carried out by Google LLC and Google may use your data collected by the cookies for own purposes, e.g. profiling and will combine it with other data such as your Google Account. For more information about how Google processes your data and Google’s approach to privacy as well as implemented safeguards for your data, please see here. 1 Year
_pta PictureThis Analytics We use these cookies to collect information about how you use our site, monitor site performance, and improve our site performance, our services, and your experience. 1 Year
Cookie Name
_ga
Source
Google Analytics
Purpose
These cookies are set because of our use of Google Analytics. They are used to collect information about your use of our application/website. The cookies collect specific information, such as your IP address, data related to your device and other information about your use of the application/website. Please note that the data processing is essentially carried out by Google LLC and Google may use your data collected by the cookies for own purposes, e.g. profiling and will combine it with other data such as your Google Account. For more information about how Google processes your data and Google’s approach to privacy as well as implemented safeguards for your data, please see here.
Lifespan
1 Year

Cookie Name
_pta
Source
PictureThis Analytics
Purpose
We use these cookies to collect information about how you use our site, monitor site performance, and improve our site performance, our services, and your experience.
Lifespan
1 Year
Marketing Cookies
Marketing cookies are used by advertising companies to serve ads that are relevant to your interests.
Cookie Name Source Purpose Lifespan
_fbp Facebook Pixel A conversion pixel tracking that we use for retargeting campaigns. Learn more here. 1 Year
_adj Adjust This cookie provides mobile analytics and attribution services that enable us to measure and analyze the effectiveness of marketing campaigns, certain events and actions within the Application. Learn more here. 1 Year
Cookie Name
_fbp
Source
Facebook Pixel
Purpose
A conversion pixel tracking that we use for retargeting campaigns. Learn more here.
Lifespan
1 Year

Cookie Name
_adj
Source
Adjust
Purpose
This cookie provides mobile analytics and attribution services that enable us to measure and analyze the effectiveness of marketing campaigns, certain events and actions within the Application. Learn more here.
Lifespan
1 Year
This page looks better in the app
Open