Crow's Claw Cactus
F. latispinus is a modest-sized ball-shaped or flat-topped barrel cactus, which normally remains a solitary plant, without dividing or producing offsets. The var. Latispinus differs only for the spines colour which is reddish-brown instead of yellow.
It has 4 large central spine of which the lowest one is conspicuously wider, thick and flat, apically bent downward and hooked up to 4 cm long. and lie flat against the body. This prominent spine is usually red or grey-red . The other central spines are still stout, but much narrower and not curved.
Radial spines are 6-12 up to 2.5 cm long, spreading out , smaller, translucent yellow straight that have almost no width at all.
The bloom comes with beautiful glassy rich-purple , up to 6cm long and 3 cm broad.
It prefers the sun in the seasons of passage (spring and autumn), while in the summer it likes the partial shade,
It is suited for any rich, well drained soil such us clay, pumice, lava grit, and only a little peat or leaf-mould. If potted, repot preferably in the spring, if their roots become cramped. Generally, they should be repotted every other year in order to provide fresh soil. However, this doesn't necessarily mean they'll need larger containers. Fill about a quarter of the pot with broken crocks, gravel, etc. to promote good drainage.
Feed every 4 weeks with a Nitrogen-poor and Potassium & Phosphorus-rich fertilizer during summer.
Once a month it is recommended to clean it with a painter's brush, to remove the dust that creeps under the big thorns.
It is an excellent plant for garden rockery settings, desert type landscapes, patios and botanical gardens,
For watering cacti, the golden rule is to make sure the soil is completely dry before watering! This will stop the roots from rotting. It is advised to always use a pot with a drainage hole so that excess water can get drained out. If kept in a sunny area, you will need to water it once every week. If it is in a semi shaded or filtered light area, you might need to water it once in 2 weeks.
Cacti like soil that is well aerated and fast draining. You can fertilise the cactus in the summer months when it is in its growing season. During the winters it is best to cut back on any fertiliser and let the plant rest.