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colorado gets official state cactus
Denver Botanic Gardens' horticulture, research and interpretation departments assisted the Girl Scouts with their selection of Colorado's new state cactus. The Claret Cup Cactus is part of the Gardens' collection and is planted throughout the grounds, with the largest concentration in the Dryland Mesa garden. Pictured at left is Echinocereus triglochidiatus var. melanacanthus, which blooms in May or June.