Golden Barrel Cactus

Echinocactus grusonii


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Echinocactus grusonii, commonly known as the Golden Barrel Cactus, is a well-known species of cactus native to central Mexico. It’s characterized by its spherical shape and dense covering of sharp, golden-yellow spines. The cactus can grow up to 36 inches in diameter, and its striking appearance makes it a popular ornamental plant.

The Golden Barrel Cactus thrives in arid desert environments and requires well-drained soil and full sun. It’s highly drought-resistant, making it suitable for xeriscaping and low-water gardens. In its natural habitat, it often grows in volcanic rock outcroppings.

Notable for its slow growth and long lifespan, the Golden Barrel Cactus produces small, diurnal flowers in the summer. These flowers are typically yellow and emerge near the crown of the plant.

While primarily grown for ornamental purposes, care should be taken when handling this cactus due to its sharp spines. It’s not known for any specific medicinal or culinary uses, and its spines can cause skin irritation if not handled with caution.


130 mm pot, 90 mm pot