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Ferocactus wislizenii (Fishhook Barrel Cactus)

Candy Barrel, Candy Barrel Cactus, Fishhook Barrel Cactus, Arizona Barrel Cactus, Southwestern Barrel Cactus, Echinocactus wislizeni


Ferocactus wislizenii (Fishhook Barrel Cactus) is a solitary, barrel-shaped to columnar cactus with 13-25 prominent ribs adorned with areoles sprouting straight and hooked spines, 1-3 in. long (2-7 cm). The dense cover of spines gives the plant a yellow or reddish color. Bright yellow, red or orange flowers, 3 in. wide (7 cm), bloom sporadically in late spring and profusely in summer and early fall. They form a showy ring at the top of the plant. The flowers are followed by fleshy, pineapple-shaped fruits, 2 in. long (5 cm), which persist atop the cactus over the cool months. They attract birds and small mammals. Over time, Fishhook Barrel Cactus often leans towards the southwest. Stout, slow growing and long-lived (50-130 years), Fishhook Barrel Cactus provides year-round interest and looks smart paired with wildflowers in any desert garden settings.

  • Slowly grows up to 3-6 ft. tall (90-180 cm) and 2-3 ft. wide (60-90 cm). Exceptional specimens can reach 10 ft. in height (300 cm).
  • Easily grown in well-drained soils in full sun. 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. Apply a balanced liquid fertilizer 2 or 3 times in the growing season. 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.
  • Propagate by seed.
  • Virtually disease free. Keep an eye our for root rot in poorly drained soils.
  • Native to Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Mexico

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Requirements

Hardiness 9 – 11
Heat Zones 10 – 12
Climate Zones 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Cactus - Succulents
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 3' – 6' (90cm – 180cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 48" (120cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen, Fruit & Berries
Native Plants United States, Southwest, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Mediterranean Garden

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Requirements

Hardiness 9 – 11
Heat Zones 10 – 12
Climate Zones 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Cactus - Succulents
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 3' – 6' (90cm – 180cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 48" (120cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen, Fruit & Berries
Native Plants United States, Southwest, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Mediterranean Garden

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