Cactus Spines

I got a chance to travel to the desert this winter, thrilled for a break from our prolonged below-zero temps. Once there, I discovered Moorten Botanical Garden near Palm Springs, which has a spectacular collection of desert plants.


red succ

There were succulents of all shapes and sizes . . .


lettucey

Some of which looked like they came from a Dr. Seuss Book.


wavy

Right?


totem

The cacti—like the Totem Cactus, above, and the Golden Barrel Cactus, below—were also extraordinary.


barrels


spotty

I started noticing the spines, and how they were all different.


starburst


prickly

But all similarly serious-looking. 


hairy

(Well, maybe not ALL of them . . . )


blobs

When it comes to protection, desert plants have it all figured out. After all, there are so few of them in that dry, desolate expanse, and so many hungry animals. I’d think twice before taking a bite, wouldn’t you?

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