Ferrocactus Coloratus Cacti. Fire Barrel Cactus.
The Ferrocactus Coloratus is a very attractive Cactus with amazing spines. Usually a solitary variety of cacti where the young specimens are globe shaped and more mature plants take on a cylindrical form. Commonly called the Fire Barrel Cactus the green stem has 16-24 prominent acute ribs. The Spines are clearly differentiated, 7-13 stout central spines, reddish in colour can often be between 6-10mm wide(flattened), be curved and twisted where as the 8-12 radial spines are whitish in colour, slender, straight and spreading, up to 6cm long. Red coloured funnel shaped flowers have darder red mid-veins, are about 5cm long and followed by yellow coloured fruit. This really is a striking cactus and perfect for Cacti enthusiasts. Very difficult to find for sale at this size in the UK.
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FERROCACTUS COLORATUS. Fire Barrel Cactus
Latin Name: Ferrocactus Coloratus, Ferrocactus Gracilis subs.Coloratus.
Common Name: Fire Barrel Cactus.
Origin: North West Mexico.
Hardiness: -3 if dry
Growth Characteristics: Very showy cylindrical Cactus. 16-24 prominent acute ribs. Young areoles are light-grey felted. Curved and twisted central spines reddish in colour are flattened between 6-10mm wid. 8-12 whitish coloured radials slender and speading up to 6cm long. Red coloured funnel shaped flowers about 5cm long Yellow fruit. Slow growing.
Sun: Full sun.
Soil: Fast draining soil. Gritty.
Moisture: Water around every 14 days. Allow to dry between waterings. Keep dry in winter.
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