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Claret cup cactus
Light up the desert garden with the huge, showy flowers of claret cup cactus. Deep orange, nearly scarlet blossoms open in late spring on top of short, stout succulent stems. The papery petals offer delicate beauty atop the spiny stems and last for weeks. This easy-to-grow cactus is very heat-tolerant and generally begins blooming three to four years after planting. Punctuate a dryland garden with swaths of three to five claret cup cacti.
This plant is native to areas of the North American Southwest.
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Most muhlygrasses are high on drama, offering their beautiful floral display to dryland gardens. They have a soft, airy appearance that is welcome among agaves and other rough-texture plants that permeate low-water gardens. Pine muhly, in particular, grows best in fast-draining soil that is low in nutrients -- a sandy soil is perfect. Avoid heavy clay and wet locations.