Friday, May 13, 2011

Escobaria in Bloom

Oft hidden, these low-growing pincushion cacti survive low temperatures and bloom in early Spring - which in Durango is otherwise known as mid-May. Well distributed in prairie and desert grasslands, they are found throughout the Great Plains from Texas north into Canada, and west from Texas into the desert Southwest. The subspecies
navajoensis is native to our Southwest region
. The two specimen pictured here are survivors of numerous cold, wet winters in our Durango landscape.

Missouri Foxtail Cactus
Escobaria missouriensis

Escobaria missouriensis ssp. navajoensis

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