Visiting New Mexico, you can't miss the big cacti. Prickly pears stand two to three feet tall, not hugging the ground like the ones in Colorado. Chollas can be more than eight feet tall.
In July, the tree cholla (Cylindropuntia imbricata) was flower. With deep rose-purple flowers, it was doubly noticeable.
|tree cholla, Cylindopuntia imbricata, in flower|