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golden barrel

The blooms of the Golden Barrel (Echinocactus grusonii) cactus are very small and because of their color, most people probably never notice them. I make it a habit, though, to look for new growth and blooms every morning before I start working in my yard. (yes…it’s hot right now!)
These blooms are on one of the 3 Golden Barrels I bought not long after moving to Arizona. Since then, I’ve added more in various sizes. I just read that they don’t bloom until they are about 20 years old so we have a little time to go on the newer ones. The best part about Goldens is no maintenance is needed. They are practically indestructible! In the link above, I read that it also has the nickname “mother in law’s cushion”. Ouch 🙂