Flowering Barrel Cactus

Soon the tops of the barrel cactus will be crowned by a circle of yellow/green flowers in the Anza Borrego Desert State Park.  This plant is blooming early, most cactus just have the beginnings of tiny buds forming among the prickly thorns.  Within a few weeks the desert will be festooned with a riot of colorful blossoms, unfortunately it looks like I will miss the peak due to the timing of my visit.  Meanwhile I keep the watch hiking trails and washes searching for the early bloomers.

Gail Niebrugge, Alaska wildflower artist

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