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Item ID: 1
Family: Cactaceae
Genus: Ferocactus
Species: wislizenii
Common Name: Fishhook Barrel
Habitat: Various soil types from 1,000 to 6,000 feet elevation from grasslands to rocky mountainous areas.
Range: Arizona, southwestern New Mexico, limited extremes of western Texas, Sonora, northwest Chihuahua and northern Sinaloa, Mexico
Care: An extremely easy plant to grow in and around the Tucson area. It requires little attention or special care as it is perfectly at home in almost any garden setting. It is very tolerant of extreme heat as well as cold. Cold hardiness tolerance is at around 10 degrees farenheit.
Propagation: Propagation of this cactus is by seed.
Size: To 30 inches in diameter and 12 feet tall
Shape: Globular
Flowers: The flower color can be variable from yellow, to orange and red. The most typical color seen is orange.
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This plant is most recognized by the large curved and hooked central spine and the large ribbed "barrel" body. The Fish-hook Barrel is the most common barrel found growing in and around Tucson.

Author Comments
This is a MUST have plant for anyone who loves the Sonoran Desert and the cacti that live there. For us in Tucson this large barrel is a common sight and it can survive when others cannot. Please consider having at least one of these beautiful plants as a significant part of your landscape.

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