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Cactus Growing Wild in Idaho? What Kind is This?

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(May 6th, 2012) What kind of cactus / succulent plant is this? Found the plant during a cross country, off-trail hike near the Prairie Cut-off Road. If you have an idea, it would be cool if you could comment or e-mail me what you think the plant is called.

I'm no stranger to discovering cactus type plants during my exploration throughout southern Idaho. I've found areas of wild prickly pear cactus, a plant I've been told doesn't exist in Idaho, just 45 miles to the south of my home. But this succulent type cactus is a new one to me.

  • I found the plant at or near coordinates 43.275942, -115.513685, well off the beaten path.
  • Plant has light green succulent type leaves and red flowers.
  • Overall size of the plant was about 1 square foot in area.

See All 3 Photos I Took

What are these plants called? And are they common in this area if Idaho? Leave a comment or use my “Contact Us” form.



Comments (2)
  • Dale Donahue  - identify plant

    Just wondered if you had ever identified this plant that you found there in Elmore County. It is not a cactus but belongs to the family of plants labeled eriogonum [or desert buckwheats]. This one is Eriogonum shockleyi var. packardiae). It was named for a professor, Dr. Pat Packard of the College of Idaho in Caldwell, who discovered this plant. A very interesting plant.

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