As the holiday season draws closer, keep your eyes peeled for a super special cactus that steals the show this time of year: the Holiday cactus.
Bracts are the red flower-like petals you might find on a poinsettia, but they are specialized leaves. Look closely at the center of the bracts, and you will see small flowers. Poinsettias are in the Euphorbia family related to succulent euphorbias.
From Nov. 4-5, the Garden will host a two- day Día de Muertos festival with a procession for the entire family to enjoy.
Razor sharp spines. Plants that cut themselves to creep along the ground. Cactus with mutations! At Desert Botanical Garden, guests will encounter several ‘creepy’ cactus species throughout the trails.
Across the sandy desert floor in northwestern New Mexico, two small rare cactus species — Sclerocactus mesae-verdae and Sclerocactus cloverae — call this place home. Yet, these plants are threatened by poachers and habitat loss due to oil and gas development in the area, both of which have depleted their already low populations numbers in the wild.
Consistent weeks of record-breaking high temperatures is stressful for many plants. Despite best efforts to keep plants alive, many will begin to see symptoms of heat and drought stress.