Golden Barrel Cactus (Echinocactus grusonii)


Golden Barrel Cactus

Echinocactus grusonii

The Golden Barrel Cactus, one look and it’s easy to see how it got its common name - it features golden spines that line the rib of its globe shape, with a top featuring bright yellow flowers that emerge from a patch of wool. Also known by its botanical name, Echinocactus grusonii, this stunning yellow globe is a must-have in any landscape and fits especially well with any desert, succulent or xeriscape garden! Its unmistakable shape and bright golden tint makes this a very popular medium-sized cactus for both homeowners and landscapers alike throughout Southern California!

Native to Mexico, Golden Barrel Cactus have a slow growth rate and love to grow where there is full sun exposure – the more sun it gets, the more golden and happy it becomes! It’s a waterwise plant, so once established, it has low to moderate watering needs and needs very little care. We love to mass plant them in rows to create a dramatic effect that sets the “wow” factor to high! This is one fine cactus that looks like a living piece of art - perfect for anyone that is looking to add texture, color and shape into any SoCal landscape!

Fun fact: has an amusing nickname, mother-in-law’s cushion! Smaller Golden Barrel Cacti are a popular gift plant.

A mature Golden Barrel Cactus is a sight to behold! Palm Paradise Nursery has been growing these dramatic golden globes for over 20 years, and we have them available in a variety of sizes! We can assure that ours are the best you will find anywhere because ours are only grown from our own premium quality private stock. Since they have spines, we recommend professional installation. Here’s the best part – we can do it all, from design to delivery and installation!

  • Stunning yellow globe
  • Bright yellow flowers emerge from a patch of wool
  • Water-wise
  • Medium-sized cactus


Medium size, slower growing

Partial to full sun applicable