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Cactus blossoms

October 2, 2011 1 comment

We tend to think of cactus as green prickly things.  But they also have very colorful and unique blooms.  The actual blooming period is short, leaving little time to admire them.  Fortunately, here at the Arboretum, there is a huge variety of plants, from different continents.  As a result, there are usually blooms to enjoy.

Here are some pictures taken on an afternoon walk.  The varieties of cacti are amazing.

Some cacti change color, instead of blooming.

Here, the whole plant changes color

Not all cacti are prickly....

Blossom buds on a barrel cactus

Strange looking cacti blooms

This cactus has a real flowering blossom

Almost looks like a fancy ice cream treat

Plain, yet colorful in itself

More unusual blossoms

This is so symmetrical

Another barrel cactus

Not all cacti are green....