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Ferocactus pilosus (Mexican Lime Cactus)

Mexican Lime Cactus, Fire Barrel, Mexican Fire Barrel Cactus, Ferocactus stainesii, Ferocactus piliferus, Ferocactus pilosus var. steinesii, Ferocactus pringlei, Echinocactus pilosus var. steinesii, Echinocactus piliferus, Echinocactus pilosus, Echinocactus pringlei


Regarded as one of the most spectacular species in the genus, Ferocactus pilosus (Mexican Lime Cactus) forms a simple or clumping, deep green, barrel-shaped to columnar cactus with prominent ribs adorned with areoles sprouting bright red spines. Bright red-orange flowers, 1 in. wide (2.5 cm) are produced from late spring to summer on mature specimens receiving enough full sun. They form a discreet ring at the top of the plant. Over time, this cylindrical cactus often forms groups, with several subsidiary barrels growing from the main one, their deep green bodies densely covered with bright red spines up their entire length. Terrific at adding texture, color and shape to the landscape, this eye-catching and majestic plant looks spectacular in any desert garden settings.

  • Slowly grows up to 8 ft. tall (240 cm) and 12-18 in. wide (30-45 cm).
  • Easily grown in well-drained soils in full sun or part shade if the site is extremely hot or bright. Water regularly when in growth. Make sure you let the soil dry out between waterings. No water should ever be allowed to stand around the roots. Do not wet the body of this plant while in sunlight to avoid sun burning, fungal infections or death. Keep the plant dry in winter. Feed with a high potassium fertilizer in summer. Drought tolerant.
  • Great for desert gardens, rock gardens, succulent gardens or Mediterranean gardens. Great in decorative containers too.
  • Deer resistant. The flowers produce nectar and are attractive to birds and bees
  • Propagate by seed. This plant produces many fruits each season. Several months after the flower dies off and the pods are ripen it is possible to collect them from under the dried flower. The seeds are mahogany and tiny
  • Virtually disease free. Watch for mealybugs, scale insects and spider mites.
  • Native to Mexico

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Requirements

Hardiness 9 – 12
Plant Type Cactus - Succulents
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 2' – 8' (60cm – 240cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" (45cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Mediterranean Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 9 – 12
Plant Type Cactus - Succulents
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 2' – 8' (60cm – 240cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" (45cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Mediterranean Garden

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