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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Ferocactus emoryi occurs in Mexico (Sonora) as well as in Arizona in the USA.

It is a large growing globular cactus eventually becoming columnar with age. Ferocactus emoryi can reach a height of about 1.5 meter.

Adult plants prefer full sun, while seedlings should be shaded.

The cactus flowers in summer and the flower colour can be red or yellow.

The given minimum temperature in some literature is 10 degrees Celsius. At Leopoort in the Southern Cape our adult plants have regularly withstood temperatures of -3 Celsius in midwinter, sometimes even lower, with no harm done. The plants should be watered mostly in summer and very sparingly (if at all) in winter.

The plants prefer a porous slightly calcareous soil.

Ferocactus emoryi is usually a solitary species and can only be propagated from seed.

Ferocactus emoryiFerocactus emoryi flowering in cultivation.

Ferocactus emoryiFerocactus emoryi flowers.