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Blooming Barrels

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.

Group of four

Group of four

Group of three

Group of three

Pair of barrels

Pair of barrels

Some grow as singles:

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This one is a single, but looks like it’s trying to be about four barrels, with heads sticking out all over.

Four-headed barrel

Four-headed barrel

The next group shows the various colors the flowers have. The mutant above is having yellow flowers. Here’s orange:

Orange with yellow center

Orange with yellow center

Also see the “flower-in-flower” thing they do. Really interesting đŸ™‚

Orange stripe

Orange stripe

Dark orange stripe

Dark orange stripe

Red flowers

Red flowers

Brown and cream flowers

Brown and cream flowers

Not to be left out, the landscape barrel in the front yard is blooming too!

Front yard barrel

Front yard barrel

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-.

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One thought on “Blooming Barrels

  1. Great post! Awesome PHOTOS!

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