This succulent originating from the east and central Mexico is critically endangered in the wild as it grows only on volcanic rock on slopes 4,600 feet (1,400 m) above the sea.
This plant is perfect for outdoor rocky gardens, desert-type landscaping, and indoors is to be grown in glass rooms or conservatories for punctures from spikes that can be painful and dangerous or even require antibiotic treatment.
The globe-like stem can reach up to 60 inches (152,4 cm) tall and 37 inches (almost 100 cm) wide. It develops fast first few years and slows growth over time. After a plant gets around twenty years old, it starts to flower with small yellow flowers covering the top of a cactus, making a “crown” from late spring to summer. The plant needs little care and is spectacular in landscaping.
Another popular name for Golden Barrel Cactus is “mother-in-law cushion.”