Garden Photo of the Day

Look but don’t touch

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Photo/Illustration: Todd Meier

The spiny, unforgiving orbs of the golden barrel cactus (Echinocactus grusonii) seem to soften when cushioned by a plush carpet of blue chalksticks (Senecio serpens), but don’t be fooled. This study in contrasting textures appears in the Desert Garden at the Huntington Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California.

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  1. sheilaschultz 12/29/2010

    I have both golden barrel cactus and Senecio serpens over-wintering inside. They do well with a sunny window. Great plants, amazing texture and color.

  2. Nano8 12/30/2010

    Where may I purchase the golden barrel cactus and the blue chalksticks? Are these sun or shade plants? They are so lovely. I have built a new home on a mountain side and have a lot of shade in the back that I am trying to landscape with as much color as possible. I have several bleeding hearts growing already.

  3. arboretum 12/31/2010

    what a terrific shot. thank you!

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