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Favorite thing: Beavertail cactus Opuntia basilaris is a very common cactus in Joshua Tree National Park. It grows naturally in dry, rocky desert slopes in the Mohave and Sonoran deserts of southeastern California, southwestern Utah and western Arizona. It is also well known as an indoor plant all over the world. Everybody that have once grown indoor plant has grown a Beavertail cactus, which means that it is easy to grow and requires little care. However, at home, Beavertail cactus seldom gives flowers. Only the wise indoor gardeners get them. They are splendid bright red flowers 2 to 3 inches wide with many petals and in the wild, in Joshua Tree National Park, in April, all plants were blooming (it blooms from March to June).

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  • Written May 15, 2005
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