Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Cottontop Cactus


The Cottontop Cactus is found on the slopes in Titus Canyon in Death Valley. 
They can have as many as forty to sixty heads in a cluster!


The name cottontop is in reference to the white tufts of cotton-like hairs that surround the yellow flowers on the top of each head.  


The yellow flowers do not appear until July-August, which makes the Cottontop Cactus the latest blooming cacti in the area.


Outdoor Wednesday is hosted by Susan at A Southern Daydreamer.  Stop by and visit the outdoor excursions being shared!

17 comments:

  1. Death Valley is so beautiful this time of year. Did U make it to Scotty's Castle?

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  2. Wonderful shots! I like the name cottontop cactus.

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  3. Beautiful photos, and such an unusual cactus!

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  4. WOW awesome pictures.I wouldn't want to get too close ;)

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  5. Great photos and that was really interesting.

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  6. This looks just slightly different than our area :-).

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  7. Beautiful photos. I've never been to Death Valley. You certainly do it justice.

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  8. Love the photos...I've never seen this type of cactus before.

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  9. When I was in elementary school I rode my bike across the mesa in the morning and saw cacti in bloom and then in the evening I rode my bike home and saw other cacti blooming. Your cottontop cacti sure brings back memories.
    Joyce M

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  10. I love the desert in the Spring! Great photos of a wonderful cactus!

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  11. I would love to see them in bloom!

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  12. I used to grow mini cactus plants. Just love their flowers - such beauty from that prickly shell.

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  13. Fascinating! I would love to see the yellow blossoms later in the summer.

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  14. I love the desert in spring!
    Glad I stumbled by.

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