This blog is dedicated to plants from desert regions around the world as well as plants that have adapted to withstand arid conditions, but do not occur in real deserts. Many of the plants are found in arid semi-desert regions. There will be a greater emphasis on succulent plants, but others will also be included. This blog deals with desert plants of the Americas, Africa, Arabia and others. We are situated in South Africa and South African plants are likely to feature more dominantly. The pictures taken are from our private botanical desert garden at Leopoort near Oudtshoorn, from plants in nature, as well as other collections.

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Fresh seed of Ferocactus latispinus(red spines) available here:

Ferocactus latispinus occurs naturally in central Mexico.

The plants mostly grow solitary, but will branch after damage. The flowers are purple, but a yellow flowering form is also found. In our botanical garden in South Africa the flowers usually appear in middle and late autumn.

Ferocactus latispinus a hardy plant in cultivation when grown in full sun. Water moderately during the summer months, and very little in winter.

Ferocactus latispinus is easy to grow from seed. The plants are very slow growing however and it takes a number of years before a specimen is large enough to leave the greenhouse for a permanent position in a rockery.

Ferocactus latispinus.

Ferocactus latispinus. Full sunlight is essential for healthy looking spines.

Ferocactus latispinus flower.