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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.