Barrel Cacti

Barrel Cacti

Barrel Cacti at Frederik Meijer Gardens

Found in the southwest deserts of North America, barrel cacti produce pineapple shaped fruits that are dry and bitter. Barrel cacti can grow up to 10 feet high in their native habitat. The spines on a barrel cactus are extremely sharp and hazardous; if one punctures human skin, antibiotics may be needed and the wound may heal very slowly.