Ferocactus herrerae



The Ferocactus herrerae is indigenous to Mexico (Sinaloa/Sonora). Initially taking on the form of a globular barrel cactus, it's appearance changes with time. As it matures, it becomes cylindrical, sporting a dull green skin tone. Typically, this species has 13 - 14, slightly wavy ribs with long white areolas. Each areola bears between 8 - 10 whitish radial spines with 1 hooked central spine.

Flowers are funnel-shaped and diurnal (opens during the daytime). These breathtaking flowers are yellow with reddish midribs and brown tips as pictured above. Blooming period occurs between Summer and early autumn. Fruit is fleshy and yellowish green in color. Fruit is edible and the seeds have traditionally been used to make flour.


Ferocactus wislizeni subs. herrerae (J.G.Ortega) Pilbeam & Bowdery
Ferocactus wislizeni var. herrerae (J.G.Ortega) N.P.Taylor

Plant Details
USDA Zone Information: 
Flower : 
Red with yellow edges
Ideal Light Conditions: 
Full sun
Ideal Water Conditions: 
Moderate in summer/Dry in winter
Mature Height: 
Mature Width: 
Latin Name: 
Ferocactus herrerae
Common Name: 
Fishhook Barrel Cactus, Twisted Barrel Cactus

Corporate Clients (The King hangs hard)


RoboCop (1987)
RoboCop 2 (1990)
Hot Pursuit (2015)


USA Network's Queen of the South (2019)

Botanical Gardens:

New York Botanical Gardens
Oklahoma City Zoo/Botanical Gardens
Mercer Arboretum in Houston, Texas
Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids, Michigan


Houston, TX Zoo
San Antonio, TX Zoo

Other Clientele:

Houston, TX Rodeo

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