Friday flowers…a barrel of flowers

Posted: September 18, 2020 in Uncategorized
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Barrel cactus look a lot like a spiny barrel. No surprise, right? But you might be surprised at how beautiful the flowers are. Yellow and orange are the most common colors, pink and red less frequent. But whatever the color, the flowers only bloom on top of the cactus. Barrel cactus are usually about 3′ or less, although some have been found as tall as 9′. Whatever the height, they can live to be 100 years old.

Fun fact, courtesy of Wikipedia:

Barrel cactus can fall over because they grow based on sun orientation. They usually grow towards the south to prevent surface tissue sunburn, giving the name “compass cactus.”

And here’s my favorite cactus quote:

I bought a cactus. A week later it died. And I got depressed, because I thought, D**n. I am less nurturing than a desert. ~Demetri Martin

As with all cactus, admire the flowers, but don’t forget the spines!

  1. I love these, not accidentally stepping on a baby barrel cactus, but I do admire their beauty very much. Great photos!

  2. pike says:

    Lovely photos!

  3. I am amazed at how beautiful their flowers are. Very pretty

  4. peggyjoan42 says:

    My mother grew a barrel cactus in her yard when she lived in Arizona. They grow so slowly.

  5. Meg says:

    These are flowers to admire from a distance… – great pictures!

  6. You’ve got a lovely variety of cactus there, but here…I’ve not seen any! Just Sagebrush.

  7. Cheryl says:

    Cacti always amaze me.

  8. Prior... says:

    Hahaha – thanks for the humorous splash with the quote –
    And I know we might have said it before – but this post is an example of why blogging enriched my life
    – I get to smile (from the quote but also from feeling connected to blog friends as they relocate and topics change)
    – I get to learn (compass name – who knew?)
    – I get exposure to bit-sized amounts of wonderful flower and plant photography

    Okay – wishing you a wonderful Friday

  9. Su Leslie says:

    Very cool Janet. I’m going to be introduced to lots of new dry climate plants now that you have moved; things that would hate humid Auckland and I wouldn’t normally see 👍👍

  10. Dan Antion says:

    Beautiful photos, Janet. I love that quote.

  11. de Wets Wild says:

    Such an incredible juxtaposition, the delicate flowers and the threatening spines. And somehow quite the metaphor for many (most?) people’s personalities.

  12. Resa says:

    What a beauty, and you’ve captured it well, Janet!
    It’s amazing how many different cacti you have shown us.