Fire Barrel, Mexican Lime

(Ferocactus gracilis)

A small Fire Barrel cactus surrounded by black scoria in the specimen bed at Sunnylands Center & Gardens.

This vibrantly colored cactus can grow solitary or in groups with spines that range from yellow to bright red and may even be combined on one plant. The spines have distinct banding and a slight curve. In the gardens they can be found in the specimen beds at the shuttle gate and nearest the solar field.

Flowers are a bright yellow and red-orange blend, which are followed by yellow fruit at the crown.

Their distribution is throughout Northern Central Mexico in San Luis Potosí, Zacatecas, Durango, Nuevo León, Coahuila, and Tamaulipas.

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