The Beaver-Tail Cactus is a very common inhabitant in the desert landscape and its springtime blooms dot the dry hillsides and vast open terrain with brilliant splashes of color. The Beavertail is a very recognizable cactus, with pads that resemble its namesake. Pads have clusters of short, sharp bristles. Flowers are rose to magenta, 1-2" and have dark red-purple filaments and white stigmas. The fruits are dry, tan and 1-1/2" long.
Flowers April – June, below 6000’ throughout the Mojave and Colorado Deserts to Sonora, Mexico.
Photo – Prescott, Arizona – USA – 2009