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Growing Succulents in the Desert Column

(List of Growing Succulents in the Desert columns)

Ferocactus of the Month
"Ferocactus peninsulae ssp. viscaiensis" by Chris Monrad

Photos by Chris Monrad

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





Native to Baja California, its form is reminiscent of Ferocactus wislizenii but its spination is much more consistent from plant to plant with regard to robust and striking central fish-hook spines. The white radial spines are also 'well organized' and symmetrical, almost looking painted on due to their uniformity. Its deep red flowers are known to be large, as are the buds. Its blooming season closely mimics Ferocactus wislizenii, with flowering extending into late September and early October. It is cold hardy and will tolerate local full summer sun. This species can be found for sale at selected member nurseries.