A Medley of Flowers - Photography by Donald Pash
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Hedgehog Cactus Flower

I took this photo of Hedgehog Cactus flower in Joshua Tree Nationa Park, California. The Hedgehog grows in clumps of 5 – 15 small cacti, each supporting a single flower near the top. The pointed magenta flowers surround yellow stamens and green stigmas. Hedgehog cacti grow less than one foot tall, and spines grow up to three inches long. In Joshua Tree, ​they bloom from May to June at elevations less than 2,400 feet.​

Hedgehog Cactus FlowerMacroJoshua Tree Nationa ParkDesert wildflower