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Huntington’s Iconic Cacti


Echinocactus grusonii - Golden Barrel Cactus

Echinocactus grusonii - Golden Barrel Cactus.

There are iconic plants and gardens across the world, and this standing of cacti fit the bill.  I was first introduced to Huntington Botanical Gardens while watching Jamie Durie touring the ground while taping a Victory Garden episode.

Mammillaria geminispina

Mammillaria geminispina.

Mammillaria geminispina really pops like fire and ice.  The Mammillaria genus is vastly filled with diverse cacti.  Not certain this is a rare one, but it sure look cool.

Cleistocactus strausii - Wooly Torch Cactus

Cleistocactus strausii - Wooly Torch Cactus.

This Wooly Torch Cactus (Cleistocactus strausii) is even better in person.  I see that Cactus Jungle has caught them flowering.  I have been by their place in Berkeley and they usually have a couple on hand.

mystery cactus.

mystery cactus - NOID

We couldn’t find any tags on this guy.  Any thoughts on what it may be?



Here’s my little palm tree-like plant…Pachypodium.  I still can’t explain the deep attraction.  Is there a universal cuteness factor with plant such as overly sized eye on Disney characters?  Anyway, we have a couple small Pachys that grew when Megan sowed some random cacti seeds.

laying down cacti with Dudleya brittonii.

laying down cacti with Dudleya brittonii.

Again, not certain what the laying down cacti are called, but that’s a Dudleya brittonii sitting near the middle.

Euphorbia ammak

Euphorbia ammak.

Wickedly twisted is this Euphorbia ammak – vibrantly contrasted against the sky that day.  Sweetstuff’s Sassy Succulents documented a cool little variegated form.  After the last of our Huntington posts…I believe one more in there, I will upload some hipstas to our Facebook.

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  1. Your mystery cactus looks like an Oreocereus celsianus

  2. If I had fuzzy cacti like that in my yard, I’m not sure I could resist the temptation to glue googly eyes on them.

  3. Hi Matti! Your mystery cactus looks most certainly to be Oreocereus trollii ‘Old Man of the Mountain’. I have one of these and should do a post on it and some of my other poky friends. Thank you so much for the tag on this post. I gotta tell ya that I opened up that first photo larger and stared at it for like 10 minutes. So incredible. Your photos are fabulous. I will get to this wonderland one day.

  4. Another vote for Oreocereus… probably celsianus. or maybe hendriksenianus. definitely not trollii, which has shorter, tighter fuzz and slightly heavier spination. Great pics!

  5. I live in NH but years ago was a docent at the Huntington. Your shaggy, bearded cactus with no name is a Cephalocereus senilis, “Old Man Cactus”.

  6. A follow up on your creeping cactus. It is a Stenocereus eruca “Creeping Devil”. Ranchers in the Baja used it to keep cattle in and people (on horses) out. Made a great fence.

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