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 wislizeni naturally occurs in northern Mexico and the southwestern United States. It is a large growing desert cactus, globose when young and elongating with age. Some specimens up to 3 meters high have been recorded. The formidable thorns are curved backwards earning it the common name "Fishhook Cactus". Other names include Arizona Barrel Cactus, Candy Barrel Cactus, and Southwestern Barrel Cactus.

The plants prefer full sun when adult and grow relatively fast compared to some other barrel cacti.

The orange to reddish flowers appear in summer. After flowering big yellow fruits are formed that persist on top of the plant for months.

The propagation of Ferocactus wislizeni is from seed. Growth in the first few years is slow, but accelerates with age.

Ferocactus wislizeni prefers an outside well drained rockery. The plants can withstand a fair amount of watering in summer as long as the soil is not waterlogged. The minimum winter temperature is around -10 deg Celsius or more.

 Ferocactus wislizeniFerocactus wislizeni in cultivation.

 Ferocactus wislizeniFlowers with seedpods from the previous year.