It is rare and endangered in the wild, where it is found near Mesa de León in the state of Querétaro, and in the state of Hidalgo. It is one of the most popular cacti in cultivation and has increasingly become popular as an architectural accent plant in contemporary garden designs. This cactus species (Echinocactus grusonii) is very robust in terms of susceptibility to diseases. Mature golden barrels showing their distinctive clustering habit. 0.1-0.5 metres, Ultimate spread They are diurnal and form a discreet ring at the top of the plant. You can't really tell by looking at a seedling golden barrel cactus (Echinocactus grusonii) in a 4-inch pot what a commanding presence it will eventually have in the landscape. It may offset with advanced age and a few multiples occur even at small sizes. The seeds are mahogany and tiny. Accept This plant produces many fruits each season. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources. Terrific at adding texture, color and shape to the landscape, this eye-catching and majestic plant looks spectacular next to blue plants. Water moderately when in growth, not at all when dormant. The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. Golden barrel cactus has a rounded form that eventually elongates. Yellow areoles produce golden yellow spines. 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Echinocactus grusonii, popularly known as the golden barrel cactus, golden ball or mother-in-law's cushion, is a well known species of cactus, and is endemic to east-central Mexico. Bright yellow flowers, 2 in. [2] A white-spined form, and a short-spined form, are also in cultivation. The cactus is considered easy and relatively fast growing in warmer climates around the world. Divided into 3 groups these lists, linked below, are maintained by a team of RHS staff and are reviewed annually. Generally disease free. These plants will have a lot more details displayed including an image. It is included in an evolving list of plants carefully researched and chosen by RHS experts. Bright yellow flowers appear in summer. Contrasting yellow areoles produce golden yellow spines. Join the RHS today and support our charitable work, Keep track of your plants with reminders & care tips – all to help you grow successfully, For the latest on RHS Shows in 2020 and 2021, read more, RHS members get free access to RHS Gardens, Free entry to RHS members at selected times », Reduced prices on RHS Garden courses and workshops, Our Garden Centres and online shops are packed with unique and thoughtful gifts and decorations to make your Christmas sparkle, General enquiries Native to Mexico, it bears bright green stems with up to 40 spiked ribs. Propagate by seed, Suggested planting locations and garden types Habit: Echinocactus grusonii is a solitary globe-shaped cactus that became elongated (barrel-shaped) in maturity, up to 90 cm (180 cm) in height and spread. Mexico, All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. The species was first described by German plantsman Heinrich Hildmann in 1891. To create additional collections, you must be a paid member of our site. They are: This plant will provide nectar and pollen for bees and the many other types of pollinating insects. Cookies, This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google, Ferocactus glaucescens (Blue Barrel Cactus), Ferocactus wislizenii (Fishhook Barrel Cactus), Agave parryi var. So you can expect to wait about 10 years for the cactus to reach 10 inches in diameter. While sometimes referred to as golden ball, this species is not to be confused with Notocactus leninghausii which have fuzzy, harmless spines and are native to Brazil and Paraguay. wide (5 cm) are produced from late spring to summer on mature specimens receiving enough full sun. They are diurnal and form a discreet ring at the top of the plant. AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. Beyond Central Mexico, Echinocactus grusonii specimens may also be seen in collections of desert plants in many botanical gardens. [1] The population was critically reduced in the 1990s, by the creation of the Zimapán Dam and reservoir in Hidalgo. Apply a balanced liquid fertiliser 2 or 3 times in the growing season. Virtually all of the features of the old searches are still available and in addition we have added several new features to create a more comprehensive and user friendly search experience. With age, Golden Barrel Cactus produces offsets to form clumps that can reach 6ft. Echinocactus grusonii is widely cultivated by specialty plant nurseries as an ornamental plant, for planting in containers, desert habitat gardens, rock gardens, and in conservatories. This is accompanied by a moldy smell that rises up from the soil and the entire body increasingly softens. Deleting this collection CANNOT be undone. across (180 cm). In this water-wise border, the ravishing blue-gray rosettes... Use our interactive toolsto design your dream garden. Slowly growing, award-winning Echinocactus grusonii (Golden Barrel Cactus) forms a pale green, barrel-shaped stem with prominent ribs adorned with areoles sprouting bright golden spines. Younger Golden Barrel plants do not look similar to mature specimens. Try an advanced search, RHS Registered Charity no. Diseases usually occur only as a result of wrong or too well-meant tending, waterlogging being of especially high importance because it quickly leads to root rot in golden barrel cacti. [citation needed]. albispinus looks just like a regular "golden barrel cactus" but the spines are all white instead of yellow. Search by plant name, key attributes or both to find plant details and a list of Root rot If a cactus is kept too moist and waterlogging develops, the plant quickly reacts with root rot. Echinocactus are slow-growing cacti with barrel-shaped or columnar, deeply ribbed stems bearing strong spines, and bell-shaped flowers in summer, Details Our Botanical team are working hard to increase the number of plants with detailed information. If you select any attributes with or without a plant name, you will see a much narrower selection of results taken only from the old RHS Plant Selector database. The golden barrel cactus, Echinocactus grusonii, is a globe-shaped cactus that eventually grows tall. Bright green stems bear 20 to 40 sharply angled ribs. Stereoscopic crossview of a golden barrel cactus. 0.5-1 metres, Time to ultimate height Mon – Fri | 9am – 5pm, Join the RHS today and support our charity. Cactaceae, Genus