The other state cactus...
|Pediocactus simpsonii 'Snowball'|
Pediocactus simpsonii occurs in other states too, I aver. But I am quite sure if you gathered all the simpsonii in the other states where they occur and weighed them, they'd be a fraction of what occurs in our state. Colorado is the epicenter, the Omphalos, the heartland, the bees knees and cat's meow of mountain ball cacti, and don't you forget it! And the snowball, once abundant along the western fringe of Denver (mostly supplanted by suburb) is the loveliest of all in my book.
|Pediocactus simpsonii ex New Mexico|
|Pediocactus simpsonii (more snowballs)|
|Closeup of Pediocactus simpsonii 'Snowball'|
|Pediocactus simpsonii ex Aquarius plateau, UT|
|Pediocactus simpsonii ex Idaho|
|Pediocactus simpsonii ex Irish Canyon, nw Colorado|
|Closeup, Pediocactus simpsonii ex Irish Canyon|
|Pediocactus simpsonii ex Monarch Pass, Colorado|
|Closeup of Monarch Pass Pediocactus simpsonii|
|Another yellow flowered form, this one from near Mt. Borah in Idaho|
|Snowball blooming on Green Mt., Lakewood, Colorado|
|Pediocactus robustior ex Nevada|
|ediocactus robustior ex Washington State|
|Pediocactus simpsoniii in seed, on Flattop Mts., Garfield Co, CO (9000'!)|
|Pediocactus simpsonii in seed on Green Mt.: yum yum!|
A week from now the Colorado Cactus and Succulent Society is holding the annual Show and Sale. There are always a few of these in the show--and since they're usually in bloom--they can take a prize or two. But in my book, they're our ultimate cactus--and one of the most precious wildflowers of the Rocky Mountains!