Solitary barrel cactus.
Stem: Dull-green or blue-green, Almost cylindrical more or les
flattened up to 30 (40) cm in diameter, slowly up to 90 cm tall.
Spines: 3-4cm long, yellowish-brown , reddish or black becoming
grey with time which contrast well against the green body, 1-3 centrals
and 10-15 radials bent against the stem.
Flowers: Pale pinkish white, with reddish throat up to 3-4 cm
long, 2-3 cm in diameter, with a very short flower’s tube. The flowers
have a hard time coming through the dense mass of spines.
Blooming time: Appearing repetitively during the growing season.
. Ftruit: Red,globular.
Cultivation: Keep this plant almost dry in winter at a minimum
temperature of 0°C, prefer a
growth will stop altogether. The plant tolerate
extremely bright situations but
are likely to suffer from sun scorch or stunted
growth if over exposed to direct sunlight
during the hottest part of the day in summer. Since
they are big sized plants need plenty of space for their roots, repotting should be done every other year or when the
plant has outgrown its pot.
This species makes a great landscape cactus in moderate climates.
Propagation: Seeds (It don't
ripen, fruit must be significantly
overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds