Ferocactus chrysacanthus

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It is a solitary barrel cactus of small size. The stem is usually simple, globose to cylindrical, dull grayish green. It measures up to 30 cm in diameter and 90 cm in height. The number of ribs varies from 13 to 22. There are 4 to 10 central spines up to 10.5 cm thick, twisted with hooks and golden yellow or sometimes red. The 4 to 12 radial spines are up to 5 cm long, thin and white. The flowers come out near the center of the plant and are typically yellow or brownish yellow but can be orange. They are 2.5 cm long and 4.5 to 5 cm in diameter when fully open. The inner petals are yellow or orange, the outer ones brown. The inner perianth segments are 2 cm long, yellow in color with reddish stripes and a jagged margin.
The flowering season occurs in summer. The fruits are yellow, 3 cm long. Seeds up to 2.5mm wide, with net and black design.

It needs full sun. It can tolerate sporadic light frosts.
The lowest temperature (ºC) supported by this cactus is on average:: -4

Moderate to plentiful in growing season and little to no winter.


Use a very well drained substrate. Coarse sand or stone can be added to the universal substrate for good results.


Similar Species

Ferocactus viridescens
Ferocactus viridescens
Turbinicarpus beguinii subsp. beguinii
Turbinicarpus beguinii subsp. beguinii
Scientific name:
Ferocactus chrysacanthus
Echinocactus chrysacanthus, Echinocactus rubrispinus, Ferocactus chrysacanthus f. rubrispinus.

There are 9 Ferocactus chrysacanthus in the collections:
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