Year of 2017

A giant barrel cactus and yucca plants

Though they’re often cultivated as ornamental plants, giant barrel cactuses grow wild in the Chihuahuan Desert, which covers parts of both Mexico and the US. The barrel cactus grows slowly and can live for a century. Some are taller than 8 feet and can be 4 feet wide.

Echinocactus platyacanthus, also known as the giant barrel cactus, giant viznaga, or biznaga de dulce, is a species of cactus. It is native to central Mexico in the Chihuahuan Desert. This species is the largest of the barrel cacti. Their hairs are often used for weaving in Mexico and used to produce a traditional candy by boiling the pith.
Scientific name: Echinocactus platyacanthus
Biological classification: Species
Belongs to: Echinocactus