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Ferocactus latispinus - Devils Tongue Cactus - Fresh Seeds

Ferocactus latispinus - Devils Tongue Cactus - Fresh Seeds

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Ferocactus latispinus - Devils Tongue Cactus - Fresh Seeds

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Ferocactus latispinus - Devils Tongue Cactus

This listing is for a pack of 25 seeds.

This is a small growing member of the barrel cactus group, growing to around 30 - 40 cm tall and 40 - 50 cm across.  It is slow growing, but flowers early (for a barrel cactus) and has spectacular spines.  The name latispinus means wide spines and the common name of Devils Tongue also alludes to the broad, flat curving spines that adorn this cactus from an early age. It comes from Mexico and is hardy to minus 4 Deg C if perfectly dry at the roots, where this cannot be achieved it should be overwintered not below 5 Deg C.

As a single bodied cactus it can only be propagated from seed, which is quite easy to germinate and grow on, needing little specialist equipment or care. Initially the growth is reasonably fast and something resembling an adult plant will be produced in a couple of years.  Growth then does slow down somewhat, but as it can flower in as little as 4 years from seed (the average for Ferocactus is 7 or 8), this is not an issue and even when out of bloom, the distinctive spines make this a worthy addition to any cactus collection.  The flowers are produced in late autumn/early winter, which is a time in the cactus garden when little else is blooming, making this an unusual species.  The flowers are pinkish/purple and up to 3.5 cm in diameter and are followed by a large fruit which is considered edible.

Easy to germinate and grow on, full instructions can be found by going to my 'ME' page and following the links there.
 
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