Common Name: fire barrel cactus
Origin: Ferocactus gracilis originates from Baja California, Mexico. It is found in rocky hillsides, silt flats, gravelly plains, and outwash fans within the southern end of the Sierra de San Pedro Mártir Mountain Range, 10-300 meters above sea level.
Description: F. gracilis is a large ribbed cactus with a solitary green stem that is globular when young, becoming cylindrical with age. The species is covered in numerous spines – 7 to 13 twisted, red, and gray banded central spines; and 8-12 off-white, slender radial spines. From late spring to early summer, mature cacti may bloom, developing large red flowers with yellow stigma and margins.
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