BLOOMING CACTI

SAGUARO CACTUS
SAGUARO CACTUS
DESERT PRICKLY PEAR
DESERT PRICKLY PEAR

The  cactus of the southwest will bloom in the spring and early summer. I was fortunate to see a few varieties bloom, as of late. These pictures are from desert areas in Arizona.

 

READ MORE ABOUT CACTUS CACTI (part 1) & CACTI (part 2).

BUCKHORN CHOLLA
STAGHORN CHOLLA
SANTA RITA PRICKLY PEAR
SANTA RITA PRICKLY PEAR

 

 

 

8 thoughts on “BLOOMING CACTI

  1. I agree, Tracy … being on the desert during the bloom is a wonderful experience. Two cacti that I’ve had trouble telling apart are buckhorn and staghorn cholla. I found a great little book “Cactus of Arizona Field Guide” by Nora and Rick Bowers. They write that buckhorn cholla has longer and more uneven spines, giving it an untidy look compared to the staghorn’s spines which tend to be more uniform and more spread out. Is it possible that your photo is of a staghorn? Whatever it is, it’s gorgeous.

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    1. Yes, they are hard to distinguish sometimes, it could possibly be a staghorn. I’ll have to check out that book, can never have enough field guides!

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          1. Maybe we can spend more “cactus time” checking out the spines. 🙂 I could sure use some sunny weather these days. Grey skies & chilly days are the norm right now.

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