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Huntington’s Iconic Cacti

March 1, 2011 by Matti | 8 Comments

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?

Pachypodium

Pachypodium.

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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