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Growing the Golden Barrel Cactus

Virtues: We love golden barrel cacti for their plump, rounded form textured with sharp ribs that bear bright, yellow spines. These globular plants bloom in summer with vibrant yellow flowers.

golden barrel cactus

Common name: Golden barrel cactus, mother-in-law’s cushion

Botanical name:Echinocactus grusonii

Flowers: Tiny clusters of yellow flowers blossom during summer, resting on the top of the the round plant.

Foliage: Golden barrel cacti have vivid green bodies heavily ribbed with an abundance of areoles that sprout stunning, golden-yellow spines.

Habit:Echinocactus grusonii have a striking, spherical habit, typically growing up to 3 feet in height with a similar spread.

Season: These exotic cacti are eye-catching through any season with their eccentric flair.

Origin:Echinocactus grusonii is native to central Mexico.

How to grow Echinocactus grusonii: Golden barrel cacti are easy-to-maintain desert plants that can do best where the soil is well drained. They thrive in full sun with low to moderate watering. If grown in a container, repot your cacti every other year during spring. Echinocactus grusonii are most successful in USDA Zones 9-11.

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