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Cottontop Cactus
COTTONTOP CACTUS
Echinocactus polycephalus

The Cottontop Cactus is a small cactus with red thorns, yellow flowers, and cotton-like fruits. This small cactus grows in clusters of ten and grows upright to at least two feet.

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GARDENING BASICS
Type: Cacti
Hardiness: 25˚F
Water: Very Low
Sun Exposure: Full
GROWTH
Growth Rate: Slow
Average Size: 2’ H × 3’ W
Coverage: 7 square feet
FOLIAGE
Foliage Type: Evergreen
Foliage Color: Green with red spines
FLOWERS & FRUITS
Flower Color: Yellow
Flower Season: Late Spring into Summer
Fruit: Cotton-like white and yellow
MORE COMMENTS
Thorns: Yes
Allergies: Unknown
Birds use the fluffy material that comes from the flower for their nests. Sensitive to root rot if over watered.