Ferocactus hamatacanthus

Ferocactus hamatacanthus

Ferocactus hamatacanthus, commonly known as Mexican fruit cactus, Texas barrel cactus or Turk’s-head barrel cactus, is a perennial member of the Cactaceae family. It usually has a single spheric to ovoid stem with large, broad 10 to 17 ribs. The areoles are large with 8 to 12 radial spines. Flowers are yellow, funnel-shaped and form in a ring near the apex. The fruit is a spiny berry with ovoid to spherical seeds.


Common NameMexican Fruit Cactus/ Texas Barre Cactus/ Turk’s-head Barrel Cactus
Botanical nameFerocactus hamatacanthus
Life CyclePerennial
Basic Colouryellow
Height30 -> 60 cm
HabitatMountains and
Altitude200 – 700 m
Bloom TimeJuly -> October
Plant TypeCactus, Succulent,
Fruit TypeBerry
different tolerancesTell us
Used PartsWhole plant
Plant UsesOrnamental
Active substancesNo active substances known
USDA Zone8 (-12), 9 (-7), 10 (-1), 11 (+4)
Sun Exposurefull sun
Soil pHNeutral
Soil MoistureDry
Soil Type Stony, Sandy, Peaty
Propagationby seeds / by sowing,
Self sows
GerminationTell us
Pests/ Diseasesmealybugs,
red spider

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