A yellow (variegated) specimen.
There exist several mutant variegated forms of
Ferobergia that are highly prized by cactus impassioned. They are
usually much slower growing than the standard form of the species.
Description: X Ferobergia is a
horticultural intergeneric hybrid, made by crossing of a
Ferocactus sp. as a female and
Leuchtenbergia principis as a male. A limited number of
variegated specimens appears with a variable frequency
especially among F2 hybrid. (F2 hybrid means the
plant of second generation derived from cross-pollination among
F1 hybrids). These have unpredictable characteristics and produce offsprings unlike themselves.
This plant often produces drops of nectar from areolar glands like Ferocactus. The variegated specimens have
sectors, patches or stripes with two or more different colours, even
distinct shades of green. Plants with variegated
body are often
Blossoming time: May-August
filtered light. Plant in a
cactus soil with adequate
drainage for best results. Water thoroughly during the
growing season when soil is
dry to the touch. Less or no water during cold
winter months, to prevent
root loss. Protect from
Propagation: Seeds or graft
Photo of forms and
cultivars of Ferobergia:
Cactus & Succulent
(America) 38. 177 (1966).
The name of the
genus " X Ferobergia
" derives from the contracted names of the
two parent genera "Ferocactus"
and "Leuchtenbergia " from which this plant
has been originated. The “X” before the name means
Ferobergia x lindsayi variegata