A Devil’s Tongue Flower

Devil’s Tongue Flower

The first flower of the season on my Devil’s Tongue Barrel Cactus (Ferocactus latispinus) has opened. I got this photo yesterday before the rabbits and/or other desert critters munched on it and a couple of the buds.

I think I have the binomial name for this species correct although many of the on-line references show purple or pink flowers. I have another, smaller, Devil’s Tongue Barrel that does get purple flowers in late summer or fall. This one, however, has always had yellow flowers in late spring or early summer.

This cactus followed us from California in a large terra cotta pot. We planted it in the ground and it seems to like it here, as do many of the cacti we brought with us.

Click on the image to enlarge. Don’t mind the little bugs on the petals because I’m not about to flick them off with all those sharp spikes down there.


  1. Crotalus said,

    June 12, 2015 @ 07:46:39

    Turns out there are two subspecies of Ferocactus latispinus. The purple flower is the type ssp., and the yellow flower has another ssp. name, which escapes me at the moment.

  2. Damsel said,

    June 12, 2015 @ 11:34:52

    That’s o.k. I just call them beautiful.

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