Ferocactus latispinus is a modest-sized ball-shaped or flat-topped barrel cactus, which normally remains a solitary plant, without dividing or producing offsets. It is slow-growing to start but does well under cultivation.
Ferocactus latispinus is a species of barrel cactus native to Mexico. Originally described as Cactus latispinus in 1824 by English naturalist Adrian Hardy Haworth, it gained its current name in 1922 with the erection of the genus Ferocactus by American botanists Britton and Rose. This species has an extensive distribution in central and southern Mexico. This cactus has widespread and abundant subpopulations and grows at elevations of 600 to 2,600 metres above sea level. Ferocactus latispinus is a modest-sized barrel cactus and probably the best-known of the ferocacti, and if you want only one from this group, this is the one to choose.