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Candy Barrel Cactus Ferocactus wislizeni

 

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Candy Barrel Cactus
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Alternate name: Fishhook Barrel Cactus, Southwestern Barrel Cactus

Family: Cactaceae, Cactus view all from this family



Description A cylindrical cactus, Candy Barrel Cactus or Fishhook Barrel Cactus sometimes reaches 10 ft. in height and 2 ft. in diameter. Flowers, in shades of orange, grow in successive wreaths on the crown of the plant. Yellow fruits follow.


Warning This cactus has very sharp spines.


Flower August - September.


Flower August - September


Habitat Deserts; grasslands; rocky areas.


Range Arizona to w. Texas and adjacent Mexico.


Discussion Fruits attract birds and small mammals.


Exposure Preference Sun.


Native Distribution Arizona to w. Texas & adjacent Mexico


Site Preference Deserts; grasslands; rocky areas


Soil Preference Sandy or gravelly soils.


Wildlife Value Fruits attract birds and small mammals.


 

 

 

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