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Night-blooming Cereus Cactus
This cactus usually resembles dead sticks, but for one night only, each year, this incredible blossom smells like a rose.
Nichol's Hedgehog Cactus
The Nichol's Hedgehog Cactus (Echinocereus nicholii) is a rare sight in Organ Pipe, the only park in NPS where it grows naturally.
Fishhook Barrel Cactus Flower
The bright red flowers of the Emory's Barrel Cactus (Ferocactus emoryi) are a sight to behold in the middle of summer.
Engelmann's Hedgehog Cactus Flower
Engelmann's Hedgehog Cactus are fairly common in the park as are their blossoms in the spring.
Organ Pipe Cactus Flower
The Organ Pipe Cactus (Stenocereus thurberi) has a beautiful flower, but you better get up early to see it for the flowers of this night blooming cactus usually close up by 8:30 in the morning.
Arizona Pincushion Cactus Flower
The flowers of the Arizona Pincushion Cactus form a beautiful ring around the top of the cactus.
Englemann's Prickly Pear Cactus Flower
By far one of the most common plants of the desert, the Englemann's Prickly Pear Cactus (Opuntia engelmannii var. engelmannii) gets covered with flowers every spring.
Saguaro Cactus Flower
The giant Saguaro Cactus (Carnegia gigantea) flowers bloom at night, but remain open most of the next day, which makes them a common and beautiful sight during late spring and early summer.
Senita Cactus Flower
The Senita Cactus (Pachycereus schottii), found mostly in Mexico, has a beautiful bloom that opens at night and closes quickly in the morning.
Staghorn Cholla Flower
The flower of the Staghorn Cholla (Cylindropunta versicolor) is not only pretty to the eye it is healthy too. The buds of this plant are an excellent source of calcium.
Teddy-bear Cholla Flower
Teddy-bear Cholla (Cylindropunta bigelovii) are one of the more spine covered of all desert plants, luckily for us the spines don't hide the flowers.
Fishhook Barrel Cactus
The bright red flowers of the Fishhook Barrel Cactus (Ferocactus wislizenii) are a sight to behold in the middle of summer.
Last updated: August 1, 2014