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 Echinocactus grusonii available here:
Echinocactus grusonii is one of the most sought after cactus species. With its golden yellow recurved spines and neat spherical appearance this cactus has become a common house and garden plant all over the world. The Golden Barrel Cactus, or Mother in law's cushion, as the plants are often referred to, do well in hot sunny climates.

The plants originate from the desert regions of Mexico, San Luis Potosi to Hidalgo. Echinocactus grusonii can withstand mild frost during the winter months in cultivation. The soil should be well drained, and although the plants can often withstand regular watering during the summer, the chances of rot will also increase considerably. Watering should be kept to a minimum during the winter months.

When growing Echinocactus grusonii as a house plant, a sunny position is advisable. The plants can last indoors for many years, but do have a tendency to elongate unnaturally due to the lack of sunlight.

Golden Barrel cactus. The plant are usually solitary. Side growths appear after the plants get damaged.

Echinocactus grusonii. The plants display well when planted in groups.

Echinocactus grusonii. The seedpods appear after flowering and take many months to ripen.

Echinocactus grusonii in cultivation at Leopoort.
Echinocactus grusonii. A large old plant in cultivation.
Echinocactus grusonii flower.

Golden Barrel Cactus Seed Sale.