Also called the Compass Barrel, Fishhook Barrel or Candy Barrel, this cactus often leans towards the southwest because the shaded side grows faster than the sun facing side.
Flowers: J F M A M J J A S O N D
Origin: Upland Mojave and Sonoran Deserts at elevations between 1,000 and 4,000 feet on slopes with porous rocky soils
Size: 4′ – 6′ high
Watering: None once established
Growth Rate: Moderate
Soil: Requires a well drained soil
Disease and Pests: Root rot in poorly drained soils
Uses: Fruit and flesh eaten by wildlife, nectar plant, special value to Cactus bees
Notes: The water in the flesh of the barrel cactus contains oxalic acid and is likely to cause diarrhea if ingested on an empty stomach
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