Small Barrel Cactus

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SMALL BARREL CACTUS,

Fishhook cactus, Hedgehog cactus
Echinocactus setispinus var. setaceus (Thelocactus setispinus var. setaceus) - Cactaceae, Cactus Family


DESCRIPTION: Somewhat columnar barrel cactus, central spine is shaped like a fishhook. 

Height: To 15 inches tall, usually 12 inches

Flowers: Showy, light yellow with a red throat. February through fall.

Fruit: A small red berry 

Growth rate: Slow

REQUIREMENTS:


Sun: Partial sun, morning sun

Soil: Any

Drainage: Good 

Water: Do not over water 

Maintenance: Best if left alone

Propagation: Seeds

NATIVE HABITAT: Found throughout the Rio Grande Delta in the shade of trees and shrubs.

WILDLIFE USE: Fruit is eaten by birds, small mammals, and Texas tortoises. Bees particularly like this cactus' blooms for the pollen and nectar.

COMMENTS: Three to five flowers, of varying shades of yellow, can appear at one time. As the flowers age, they can take on a rose color.


SMALL BARREL CACTUS

 

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