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Echinocactus ingens - Giant Barrel Cactus - Fresh Seeds

Echinocactus ingens - Giant Barrel Cactus - Fresh Seeds

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Echinocactus ingens - Giant Barrel Cactus - Fresh Seeds

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Echinocactus ingens - Giant Barrel Cactus

This listing is for a pack of 25 seeds.

This is one of the most massive barrel cactus there is, specimens have been weighed in at more than 1 tonne in the wild.  It comes from Mexico and has a wide distribution which has led to it being called by many different names, indeed today it is clumped in with Echinocactus platyacanthus along with many others that formerly stood as species.

It is a slow growing, heavily spined barrel cactus, which as it reaches flowering maturity it develops creamy buff coloured hairs at the apex of the plant and the flowers appear from the newest growth at the top of the plant.  It is not a cephalium as the plant carries on growing vegetively after flowering maturity is reached.  The flowers are yellow and carried in large numbers in late spring.  They are followed by fleshy fruits which have been candied and sold as sweets (giving rise to the name candy barrel cactus).  You can expect flowers after perhaps 9 - 12 years in well grown plants, generally it is grown for the spines and shape.

One of the more 'grisly' bits of history surrounding this plant is that the Aztecs used them as alters for their sacrifices.

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Variety Cactus
Type Seeds
Condition New
Sub-Type Cacti/ Succulents

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