The only available information on this subject suggests that seeds of the barrel cactus
Ferocactus wislizeni may remain viable in the soil for at least 18 months; postdispersal seed predation in this species is high, although seeds may escape from predators when hidden among rocks (Bowers, 2000).
Before the project began, the landscape architects took inventories of saguaro cactus, barrel cactus
, prickly pear cactus, ocotillo, yucca, and other species.
During Feinstein's performance on the Senate floor, where she illustrated various beauties of the California desert with large color photographs, she seemed at times as if she were selling cinder cones and barrel cactus
like so much merchandise on the Home Shopping Network.
Another common cactus in the area is the Arizona barrel cactus
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, CA Eighty miles from San Diego, tucked among ocotillo and barrel cactus
, is the pueblo-style Borrego Valley Inn, where there are two pools, and many of the 15 rooms have private patios for night-sky viewing, in-room fireplaces, and kitchenettes.
That afternoon, I studied a distant, dark object through my binoculars and had about decided it was just another dark barrel cactus
when I noticed a slight movement.
For a hike twice as long, there's the 6-mile round-trip into Hellhole Canyon for blooming barrel cactus
, lupine, and phacelia, plus Maidenhair Falls.
The Getty also had a mesmerizing stand of barrel cactus
that I have seen imitated in side yards and parkway strips around town ever since.
The desert park can produce bright splashes of color, including the pulpy yellow fruit of the fish hook barrel cactus
, top right.
Though the garden is not heavily vegetated, a pocket of sculptural agaves, barrel cactus
, and pinkish boulders creates drama near the house.
A similar feeling has been described by visitors to the extensive cactus collection of the Huntington Gardens in San Marino; it is a feeling confessed by those who have gazed upon the hundreds of barrel cactus
planted en masse at the Getty Center; it is a feeling shared by anyone who has driven through stands of cactuslike Joshua trees (they are actually yuccas) in the Mojave Desert.
The path's irregular shape, edged with pale flagstone, slows visitors down enough to enjoy the yellow-flowering palo verde, agaves, and opuntia and barrel cactus
along the way.
At the crest you may catch cooling gusts and will spot the Bullion Mountains to the north, the Sheep Hole Mountains to the northeast, narrow canyons to the south and east and red-spined barrel cactus
speckled all about.
So today the crew is going after the barrel cactus
, which grow as big as offensive tackles' torsos here but are surprisingly easy to dig.
A barrel cactus
with a flamboyant but eerily green glow punctuates the ``Desert/Interior'' chapter.