Ferocactus latispinus

This species is found in abundance on calcareous substrates in Mexico and Guatemala. It is one of 30-35 species forming the genus Ferocactus. The globose stem of old plants may be up to 40 cm (16 in) across. It is coloured blue-green and generally has 20 narrow, sharp ribs, 15-25 mm ( ½-1 inch) high. The areoles are grey-felted and carry 8-12 radial spines radiating outwards; the four central spines are arranged in the form of a cross, the lower spine is up to 3.5 cm (1.5 in) long and 8 mm wide – hence its popular German name Teufels ||^ / zunge, meaning devil’s tongue.

It requires a nourishing compost and plenty of sun and heat.

It grows very slowly and may be propagated only from seed.

Many growers consider ferocacti the loveliest of all cacti.

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