This is a somewhat slow-growing species with beautiful golden spines and small stature F. chrysacanthus makes a great collector's plant.
Scientific name: Ferocactus chrysacanthus (Orcutt) Britton & Rose
Conservation status: Listed in CITES appendix 2.
Habitat: with a balanced and relatively high average temperature, low rainfall but relatively high humidity and specific soil composition (these conditions are difficult to imitate in cultivation, and make this species relatively problematic to grow.
Description: Solitary barrel cactus. The plant is very densely spined (one of the spiniest of the Ferocacti) and because of that, will tolerate full sun.
Cultivation: Use very draining soil, water during the aestival growth cycle (this plant need plenty of water) But it's necessary to avoid wetting the bodies of these plants while they are in sunlight. A wet cactus in the sun light can cause sun burning which can lead to scars or even fungal infections and death. Needs full sun. Keep dry at 10°C in winter, but it can tolerate sporadic light frost.Propagation: Seeds are the only way of reproducing. The seeds germinate readily.