Monday, August 17, 2009

Cactus Monday - Barrels

Fishhook Barrel Cactus (Ferocactus wislizenii) can live to be 50 to 100 years old.
Blooming in August, flower colors range from yellow
to reddish orange.
Flowers are followed by yellow fruit that resemble little pineapples.
Barrel cacti are usually single, but sometimes when damaged,
they can grow multi-headed.
As barrel cacti grow taller they often lean towards the south.
This is why they are sometimes called "Compass Cactus."
They lean south due to faster growth on the shady side.
Some lean so far that they eventually uproot themselves,
while others stand their ground.

Happy Cactus Monday!


More Cactus Monday posts at Teri's Painted Daisies.

26 comments:

Teri C said...

Wow, those barrel blooms are beautiful! Mine always bloom when we are gone and all I get to see are the yellow fruit. That orange color is beautiful!!

HCM!!

Lynn said...

an amazing collection of beauty here. Wow, thanks for sharing. HCM

SchmetterlingKreativ said...

I've never seen cacti like these before.
Wonderful colors.

Lindy MacDuff said...

Those are great shots. Really like the multi-headed one - never saw one do that before.

Sunny said...

Those are truly amazing cacti.
Sunny :)

Ashley said...

Beautiful cactus blooms! I had no idea they could live to be so old. Thats amazing!

Icy BC said...

Amazing cactus blooms! I grow to like cactus through all your beautiful pictures of them! The flowers are so stunning to see..

Jen said...

Beautiful Diane! Thanks for the catcus lessons.
One day I will go see more in real life. I just got back home from another week of work in Tucson on our house--I'll be back in October; maybe you can take me on a tour. ;)

Pam said...

Nature sure is amazing the way it paints the desert with a beautiful pallet of colors...
Diane, your photos are breathtaking, thanks for the wonderful journey :D

Lindy MacDuff said...

Back again - just wanted to thank you for identifying the bird in my post. I appreciate it! I have added an update.
:-)

Gaelyn said...

Such a spectacular crown of flowers and fruit. Always liked the fishook cactus yet never saw it bloom. That's amazing. Excellent captures Diane.

betchai said...

wow, such wonderful treat for us Diane, you always don't fail us to give a visual treat! Love all your pictures.

Did not make it to Cactus Monday today, had been too occupied with school.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

What wonderful, beautiful and fascinating cacti Diane!! WOW!! I do love these and they have such colorful flowers. The one with the small pineapple-looking fruit - are they edible?

They do get to be a wonderful age. Can they be propagated buy shoots coming out of the sides or by planting one of the smaller leaves?

LOL!! Sorry, I always have questions. :)

Cher said...

i've never seen such beautiful cacti! simply wow!

Prospero said...

Amazing, Diane. I actually have a Ferocactus wislizenii! You'd laugh. It's about 4 inches tall. It's quite a revelation to see it in its natural environment.

yoon see said...

Wow! I really can't miss your cactus monday post.
The unique cactus shots are too beautiful1
Love their colours and textures!
Thanks for sharing!

joo said...

Diane, they are amazing cactus!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi there, We're home from our 2-day Hendersonville adventure. The plumbing is fixed and the folks are happy (I hope).

As much as I love our Semps, I also LOVE your cactus blooms. WOW!!!

Hugs,
Betsy

Aiyana said...

I wish my barrels had such vibrant colored flowers. All mine tend to be yellow or pale orange. Must be the soil difference between southern AZ and the Phoenix area.
Aiyana

Robin Easton said...

These are THE BEST cactus photos of ANY kind that I've ever seen. It is so beautiful where you are. It's interesting as I'm in NM and even though the two areas are somewhat close they look very different. Your photography is pure magic. :)) Hugs, Robin

Kevin said...

Beautiful photos as usual. There really isn't a prettier bloom than what cactus can produce, something I always look forward to when I'm in the desert.

Cindy said...

Wow! What a collection of cacti. Amazing. How big do they get?

Mojo Arasu said...

These bulky cactus looks interesting.The top photo (cactus flowers) looks like a birds nest with eggs.it's interesting to see many desert plants.

Dee said...

A wonderful post! You include such great tidbits about the cactus. I'd love to see that multi-headed one!

deedee said...

I didn't know that. I'm going to look at mine and see if all mine know which way is South. Cool pictures and post.

Julie said...

All I can say is "WOWZERS"!!!!! Unreal blooms!