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Growing Succulents in the Desert Column

(List of Growing Succulents in the Desert columns)

Ferocactus of the Month
"Ferocactus pilosus ssp. pilosus" by Chris Monrad

Photos by Chris Monrad

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Similar in form and flower to last month's Ferocactus pilosus, this month's Ferocactus pilosus ssp. pilosus is a form also native to the San Luis Potosi region of Mexico with markedly denser wooly spines and generally finer central spines (Photo 1.) Most of my plants have finished blooming except for a few late buds (Photo 2). This plant tolerates full sun better than its less furry brother due to its inherent shading provided by the hairy fur. Planting locations from which the spines can be seen backlit by the sun later in the day offer excellent photographic opportunities (Photo 3). Photo 4 also includes a rare white spined specimen of Ferocactus pilosus to the right. Both forms and various intergrades of Ferocactus pilosus can be found at several of our members nurseries.






 

List of Growing Succulents in the Desert columns