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Ferocactus pilosus, also known as, “Mexican Lime Cactus, Fire Barrel, Mexican Fire Barrel, Mexican Fire Barrel Cactus” is endemic to Mexico. Ferocactus pilosus is one of the most spectacular species in the genus. It is a simple or clumping, deep green, barrel-shaped to columnar cactus with 13 to 20 prominent ribs adorned with areoles sprouting bright red central spines and bristle-like, white radials. Over time, it often forms groups with several subsidiary barrels growing from the main one. The flowers are yellow to red, up to 1 inch (2.5 cm) in diameter and appear from late spring to summer. They form a discreet ring at the top of the plant. The fruits are yellow and up to 1.6 inches (4 cm) long. It occurs throughout much of the northern portion of the Mexican Altiplano and therefore is somewhat variable. This species is common. The estimated population size is more than 1,000,000 plants. This species is found in semi-desert on various soil types, but most often on rocky limestone hillsides.

Ferocactus Pilosus 6"

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