Blue Columnar Cactus

Blue Columnar Cactus

As we approached the entrance to the Desert Botanical Garden, Chihuly’s magnificent glass sculpture, “Desert Towers,” gleamed in the sun. Shortly after entering a roadrunner crossed our path. Our visit rewarded us with many cacti in bloom. We especially liked the unique flowers on a blue columnar cactus, although we needed to look for a similar plant with an identification sign. Who knew there are so many varieties of pricklypear? Black-spined, Texas, beavertail, and purple were flowering. We noted a Boyce-Thomson hedgehog in bloom as well as scarlet hedgehogs. We found both red and blue yucca. There was a nice stand of blue elf aloe. A fishhook barrel cactus also showed its colors. The palo verde decorated the cacti on the ground with fallen blossoms. A multi-armed saguaro reached for the sky. We were joined by several artists at work capturing their impressions of this special place.

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