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Twisted Barrel Cactus
An attractive cactus native to the southern US and northern Mexico, where it grows in dry, sandy or rocky areas. Ferocactus herrerae grows a pleated, globular or barrel shaped stem to about 2 m tall that is heavily armed with hooked spines and it presents beautiful, conical, yellow flowers tinged brown-red, followed by fleshy, yellowish-green fruits. It is a wonderful, highly drought-tolerant ornamental, ideal for USDA Zones 8 and superior.