Friday, June 20, 2014

Embrace spikiness!

Spines, spikes, prickles, bristles and teeth—nothing to be afraid of! What’s a few drops of blood sacrificed on the altar of succulence?

Enjoy this random selection of photos of the plants we love best!

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Aloe marlothii

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Aloe marlothii

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Aloe marlothii

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Aloe cameronii

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Euphorbia grandicornis

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Hechtia texensis

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Dyckia ‘Silver Superstar’

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Unknown agave species

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Agave parryi

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Agave parryi with Euphorbia caput-medusae

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Agave parryi var. truncata

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Agave parryi var. huachucensis

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Agave ‘Blue Glow’ and Agave ‘Blue Flame’

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Unidentified agave

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Agave colorata

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Agave gentryi ‘Jaws’

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Agave potatorum

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Agave macroacantha

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Agave xylonacantha

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Agave xylonacantha

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Agave ‘Blue Glow’

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Agave striata

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Hedgehog agave (Agave stricta)

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Hedgehog agave (Agave stricta)

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Juvenile Joshua tree (Yucca brevifolia)

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Yucca rostrata

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Ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens)

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Ocotillo and prickly pear

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Opuntia engelmannii

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Opuntia macrocentra

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Opuntia ‘Santa Rita’

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Opuntia sulphurea

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Close-up of saguaro spines (Carnegiea gigantea)

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Saguaro (Carnegiea gigantea)

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Diamond cholla (Cylindropuntia ramosissima)

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Diamond cholla (Cylindropuntia ramosissima)

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Diamond cholla (Cylindropuntia ramosissima)

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Red teddy-bear cholla (Cylindropuntia x campii)

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Teddy-bear cholla (Cylindropuntia bigelovii)

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Teddy-bear cholla (Cylindropuntia bigelovii)

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California barrel cactus (Ferocactus cylindraceus)

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Agave pup in a clump of Mammillaria geminispina

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Crazy cactus—no idea what genus and species

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OK, not a succulent, but still pretty spiky!

12 comments:

  1. Fantastic spiky shots Gerhard, spiky plant porn! Plants that are lovely to look at but not always to touch!

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    1. And yet, I'm almost always tempted to touch even the spikiest of plants. It's the lure of the dangerous!

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  2. Hahaha, love the spiky plants for sure! I think I have scars on my arms from many of them. Great shots!

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    1. LOL, I have battle scars too. It's the price of admission to the wonderful world of spikiness.

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  3. Great post! The more I read your blog the more I fall in love with agaves.

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    1. Yeah!!! Goal accomplished :-).

      Agaves are seriously cool. They'd look good even in an English cottage garden--well, some of them at least, like octopus and squid agave.

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  4. I had to save this one to drool over on the laptop (as opposed to the iPad, with it's smaller screen). Such spiky beauty, great photos!

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    1. Who needs the morning paper when you read blog posts for breakfast :-)

      I can't wait to photograph your spiky lovelies very soon.

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  5. So beautiful... They are so beautifully designed that they bring so much joy!

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    1. I agree! Just looking at spiky plants makes me happy. I know that's a weird thing to say, LOL.

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