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Golden barrel cactus

Echinocactus grusonii

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Golden barrel cactus has a rounded form that eventually elongates. Bright green stems bear 20 to 40 sharply angled ribs. Yellow areoles produce golden yellow spines. Bright yellow flowers appear in summer.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsFound in the southwestern U.S. and Mexico. Combines well with blue succulents.

CareWhere not hardy, grow in a warm greenhouse. Hardy to 20°F.

PropagationSow seed in spring.

ProblemsBasal stem rot, soft rot, and mealybugs are common on small plants.

  • Genus : Echinocactus
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 10, 9
  • Plant Type : Cacti and Succulents
  • Tolerance : Deer Tolerant, Drought Tolerant
  • Moisture : Dry
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Bloom Time : Summer
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
  • Flower Color : Yellow
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