The striking round shape and the dramatic golden bright-yellow spines that absolutely light up in daylight.It has been increasingly used as an architectural plant in garden design also as in a window-sill.
Description: Growing as a large roughly spherical globe, it may eventually reach over a meter in height after many years. The young seedlings like the other Echinocactus and Ferocactus seedlings, the rib structure is not yet apparent, and they have pronounced tubercles making them look superficially like Mammillarias.
Stalk: is pale green
Ribs: There are 35 ribs in mature plants, but young plants have tuberous app
Spines: straight golden yellow radial spines
Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial sun
Water Needs: Water generously in summer; less watering in winter.
Min Temperature: 55°F (12°C) Frost Tolerance: Hardy to 14° F (-10°C) for short periods
Common Name(s): Devil's Tongue Barrel, Crow's Claw Cactus
Etymology: Ferocactus: From the Latin word ferox, meaning fierce and the Greek word kaktos, meaning thistle. Latispinus: From the Latin words latus, meaning broad or wide and spina, meaning thorn or prickle.
Description: Globular cactus. Ferocactus latispinus is fairly popular in cultivation because it blooms very early, many young plants will bloom when they reach 4 inches in diameter (10 cm).
Stalk: 10 to 16 inches in diameter (25 to 40 cm);
Ribs: 14 to 23 ribs
Central (S): 4 large central spines, the lowest central is wider
Radial (S): 6 to 12 1-inch long radials
Flowers: pinkish purple or yellow flowers, 1 to 1.5 inches in diameter (2.5 to 3.5 cm). They come in late autumn to early winter, and need a fair amount of bright sunlight to form.
Water Needs: Little to moderate water when established
Min Temperature: 50°F (10°C); Frost Tolerance: Hardy to 25°F (-4°C)
Common Name(s): Blue Barrel Cactus
Description: It can be a very neat, compact and attractive addition to any collection. Generally solitary, barrel cactus, bluish green stems up to 22 inches tall (55 cm), 20 inches in diameter (50 cm);
Spines: Straight white-yellow spines
Central (S): 0 or 1 central spine
Radial (S): 6 or 7 radials, 1 to 1.6 inches long (2.5-4 cm).
Flowers: Yellow flowers, 1.2 to 1.5 inches in diameter (3-4 cm), in summer
Sun Exposure: Sun to Partial Shade
Min Temperature: 50°F (10°C) Will take some frost
Common Name(s): Long Spined Barrel Cactus, Straight Spine Barrel
Description: this magnificent plant has some of the longest straightest spines of the Ferocacti.
Stalk: Erect, globular when young to a stout cylinder when older, 30
-200 tall × 30-60 cm in diameter; tubercled when young later forming
Ribs: 15-21, shallowly notched immediately above each areole.
Spines: New spines are bright red
Central (S): 1, very long ( 9-25 cm long × 2.5-4 mm. in cross section ), never hooked (or slightly hooked, but only on relatively young plants), roughly cylindrical, annulated, all robust and rigid. Reddish, reddish grey, or horn colored.
Radial (S): 5 to 9, spreading, not hooked, 2.5 to 7 cm long, with the upper 3 larger.
Areolas: Oval with brown wool, 3-4 cm apart.
Flowers: Large, light yellow, 6-7.5 long× 5-7.5 cm in diameter: Blooming in the Summer
Sun Exposure: Full sun to light shade
Water Needs: Little to no water when established; when the plant vegetate it needs watering when the blanket of soil is dry.
Min Temperature: 50°F (10°C); Frost Tolerance: 25°F (-4°C)
Propagation Methods: from Seeds
Common Name(s): Silver Arrows.
It forms globular stems with silvery white spines with black tips up to 2" in length, and dense wool at the areoles. After a year the head of plant divided, than every heads divided again. Do you imagine how unusual will be this cactus?
Mammillaria nejapensis is very variable, especially for the length of the spines, and at the beginning there were two recognized varieties: var. brevispina and var. longispina, with respectively short and long spines, but they are merely local or individual variations. This species branches basally or more frequently forms large colonies by dichotomous division.
Description: This is one of the Mammillaria commonly called "Owl Eye Cactus", known for dichotomous branching (forking or dividing into two parts). Although dichotomous branching is not a common occurrence in cacti in general, it happens for some reason in this particular subspecies. What is interesting about this cactus is that it began as a single head, and it has now divided twice, forming what will be four separate branches. When the division process started, it was obvious that four heads would appear, but I don’t think the one head divided quadruple. Most probably, one head became two, and then those two immediately divided.
The Mammillaria nejapensis forms globular stems with silvery white spines up to 2" in length, and dense wool at the areoles. Plant becomes slightly columnar to 6" in height. Each single stem begins to divide to form two stems to form large clusters.
Stem: Globose to short cylindrical, somewhat wider in the upper part, blue-green to dark green, to 15 cm high and 5 - 7.5 in diameter, with latex. A cream coloured 'snowy' tomentum is present on the top of the plant.
Tubercles: Tubercles firm, pyramidal with the lacteal juice, arranged spirally with 13-21 parastichys
Common Name(s): Beavertail Cactus
Opuntia brachyclada is a synonim of Opuntia basilaris. It has green pads
It is a smaller prickly pear cactus, and it will often start blooming when it has only two pads. The plant can withstand temperature -15º C ( 5° F).
It can withstand at - 15ºC. It grow very fast. For example, on the picture above the plant was outgrown from one segment during 5 months. It can be used on borders to make fences. Plant them along border with spaces 1.5 meter. It take a year to get a fence.
We have rooted segments of Opuntia ellisiana for $3.50, and not-rooted for $1,50.