Ferocactus latispinus

Ferocactus latispinus

Ferocactus latispinus, commonly called devil’s tongue barrel, crow’s claw cactus or candy cactus, is a perennial member of the Cactaceae family native to Mexico. It has a globular stem which becomes more cylindrical with time. It is characterized by its thick red or white, flattened, curved spines. The flowers are usually purple, bloom in summer and followed by long ovoid fruits containing dark-brown seeds.


Common NameDevil’s Tongue
Barrel/ Crow’s Claw
Cactus/ Candy cactus
Botanical nameFerocactus latispinus
Life CyclePerennial
Basic Colourpurple
Height10 -> 40 cm
rocky lands
Altitude600 – 2600 m
Bloom TimeOctober -> February
Plant TypeCactus, Succulent,
Fruit TypeBerry
different tolerancesTell us
Used PartsWhole plant
Plant UsesOrnamental
Active substancesNo active substances known
USDA Zone10 (-1), 11 (+4),
12 (+10)
Sun ExposureSun
Soil pHNeutral
Soil MoistureDry
Soil Type Stony, Sandy, Peaty
Propagationby seeds / by sowing,
by Cuttings, Self sows
GerminationTell us
Pests/ DiseasesResistant

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