Today, Governor John Hickenlooper has declared the Claret Cup Cactus as Colorado's Official State Cactus. This great little cactus has proven itself in high and low locations, with a variety of water availabilities and on a wide range of soils. For the botanical artist it is a feast, with rich red flowers mounted on complex limbs covered in needles. Challenging and fun! So, congratulations little Claret Cup Cactus, we hope to see many celebratory drawings of you from our members.