Ferocactus latispinus is a barrel cactus with more of a flattened, or depressed globular shape than many of the other species of Ferocacti. The central spines are flattened and wide, giving the plant a "gnarly" look. Flowers are violet or yellow, usually appearing in late October and November. Requires a porous cactus soil with additional drainage as can be supplied by perlite and pumice. Bright light to full sun. Can be planted out in the garden for landscaping or used as a patio plant. Water thoroughly when soil is dry to the touch. Protect from frost.