It looks like the pictures are getting away from me. So here’s a group of barrel cactus photos.
First, a few pictures showing how they grow “in the wild”, on their own.
Some grow as singles:
This one is a single, but looks like it’s trying to be about four barrels, with heads sticking out all over.
The next group shows the various colors the flowers have. The mutant above is having yellow flowers. Here’s orange:
Also see the “flower-in-flower” thing they do. Really interesting 🙂
Not to be left out, the landscape barrel in the front yard is blooming too!
My eye is not skilled enough to tell if these are all different varieties of barrel cactus. Other than the flower colors, they all look the same to me: same shape, same spines, same (similar) rib patterns, fruits all look alike.
Speaking of fruits, I had to taste one. It tasted like the generic green vegetable, similar to cucumber or the wild melons we used to see in Florida: very bland, not sweet but not bad. Also, not all seedy like prickly pears. As a vegetable, I’d give it a B-.