Ferocactus pilosus

Ferocactus pilosus

Mexican fire barrel cactus

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Ferocactus pilosus
  • Common name: Mexican fire barrel cactus
  • Family: Cactaceae
  • Plant Type: Cactus or succulent, Houseplant, Evergreen
Foliage colour:

Bronze

Ferocactus pilosus is a striking barrel cactus with thick red spines. Initially globe-shaped, plants eventually grow tall. Endemic to Mexico, it’s best grown in temperate climates as a houseplant, where it makes an interesting feature in the conservatory or windowsill. Flowers are yellow or red but rarely appear on cultivated plants.

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Grow Ferocactus pilosus in cactus compost in a sunny spot. Water sparingly and allow the compost to dry out completely in winter.

How to grow Ferocactus pilosus

  • Plant size

    50cm height

    50cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Sow
Sow

Do not Sow in January

Do not Sow in February

Do Sow in March

Do Sow in April

Do not Sow in May

Do not Sow in June

Do not Sow in July

Do not Sow in August

Do not Sow in September

Do not Sow in October

Do not Sow in November

Do not Sow in December

Plant
Plant

Do Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do Plant in March

Do Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do Plant in June

Do Plant in July

Do Plant in August

Do Plant in September

Do Plant in October

Do Plant in November

Do Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Ferocactus pilosus and wildlife

Ferocactus pilosus has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Ferocactus pilosus poisonous?

Ferocactus pilosus has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

Plants that go well with Ferocactus pilosus

Echinocactus grusonii
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Echinocactus grusonii

Golden barrel cactus