The difference between the Barrel cacti and the Hedgehog is the Barrel will grow taller and wider, the Hedgehog will remain small. I was never lucky enough to see it bloom in its native habitat. The odd color at the top are seed pods. The sticks next to the cactus is a dormant ocotillo.

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  1. Sharon says:

    Wow! I had no idea they were so big.

  2. Nancy says:

    That barrel cactus will bloom yellow flowers in a ring at the top. The ocotillos are emerald green right now and staying green a lot longer this year because of all the rain we got in October!

    Loved seeing you and this post!

  3. lghiggins says:

    Thank you, for posting this picture, Betty. The barrel cactus is HUGE! I had no idea, but I can certainly see why it and the hedgehog cacti have their names.

  4. Colline says:

    Wow! That is a huge cactus!

  5. DailyMusings says:

    So amazing- I have never seen or heard of it!

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