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Growing Succulents in the Desert Column

(List of Growing Succulents in the Desert columns)

Ferocactus of the Month
"Ferocactus latispinus" by Chris Monrad

(This article may only be reprinted with the author's permission.)






Ferocactus latispinus is native to San Luis Potosí, Mexico and is well known for its vivid purple blossoms and ability to flower at a fairly small size. Typical blooming period locally is from late October through December, it is a key species to own if you want to have a Ferocactus in bloom every month of the year. It is suitable for container growth or in the ground, generally hardy into the mid-20’s with no rib damage.