Golden Barrel Cactus 6in

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Botanical Name: Echinocactus Grusonii

Other Names: Golden Ball Cactus, Mother-in-law's Seat

A slow growing, barrel shaped cactus displaying prominent ribs adorned with bright golden spines, bright yellow flowers from late spring to summer on mature specimens in full sun, a stunning accent plant for a bright indoor area

Plant Categories: Houseplant

Water Requirements

Sunlight Requirements
Full Sun, Partial Shade

Plant Height
24 Inches

Plant Width/Spread
3 Feet


Deer Resistant

Appropriate For Xeriscape Plantings

Flowering Plant

Noteworthy Shape

Noteworthy Texture

Provides Winter Interest

Noteworthy Foliage

Interesting Bark

In stock


Growth & Care

Soil PreferenceSandy
Growth RateSlow
Recommended Pruning MethodNever Prune


Plant FormBarrel
Foliage MarkingsSpines


Flower PeriodSpring, Summer
Flower ColorYellow
Flower FragranceUnscented

Additional Categories

Additional CategoryCactus
Landscape ApplicationAccent, Massing, Rock, Container


Planting & Growing

When grown indoors, Golden Barrel Cactus can be expected to grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years. This houseplant will do well in a location that gets either direct or indirect sunlight, although it will usually require a more brightly-lit environment than what artificial indoor lighting alone can provide. This is a unique plant in that it requires extremely dry, well-drained soil, and it will die if left in standing water for any length of time - in fact it will suffer if it is over-watered. The soil should be allowed to go completely dry to the touch an inch or two deep for prolonged periods, and it may only need watering once every few weeks. Be aware that your particular watering schedule may vary depending on its location in the room, the pot size, plant size and other conditions, if in doubt, ask one of our experts in the store for advice. Like most succulents and cacti, it prefers to grow in poor soils and should therefore never be fertilized. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in sandy soil. Contact the store for specific recommendations on pre-mixed potting soil for this plant.

There are many factors that will affect the ultimate height, spread and overall performance of a plant when grown indoors, among them, the size of the pot it's growing in, the amount of light it receives, the watering frequency and repotting schedule. Use the information described here as a guideline only, individual performance can and will vary. Please contact the store to speak with one of our experts if you are interested in further details concerning recommendations on pot size, watering, pruning, repotting, etc.

Features & Attributes

Golden Barrel Cactus is a succulent evergreen plant. It is a member of the cactus family, which are grown primarily for their characteristic shapes, their interesting features and textures, and their high tolerance for hot, dry growing environments. Like all cacti, it doesn't actually have leaves, but rather modified succulent stems that comprise the bulk of the plant, and which are designed to hold water for long periods of time. This particular cactus is valued for its distinctive barrel shape, and usually grows as a single spiny ribbed green stem. This plant has yellow cup-shaped flowers held atop the stems from late spring to early summer, which are interesting on close inspection.