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in the cactus

A difficult situation, often one that is uncomfortable and/or unsettling. Primarily heard in Australia. Oh boy, he's in the cactus now that his girlfriend has seen him kissing another girl!
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cactus (buttons)

n. peyote cactus containing mescaline. (Drugs.) Gert came back from vacation with a bag of cactus buttons.
See also: button, cactus



cactus juice

n. tequila. (A Mexican liquor.) Ernie brought back a big jug of cactus juice from Mexico.
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Swarm and his fellow biologists have noticed a trend in the park's saguaro population: There has been a surge in the number of baby cactuses since the 1960s.
Instead, thieves are targeting young cactuses that are just 1.
The most common misconception is that cactuses and succulents don't need water,'' says Minnich.
1 -- 3 -- color) Saguaro cactuses create a quintessential Southwest landscape in the western portion of Saguaro National Park, above.
But like all plants, cactuses can succumb to weeds.
I enjoy it, though - especially when the cactuses are in flower.
Most cactuses will grow satisfactorily in some shade, even if they do flower with greater profusion in the sun.
Bernstein informed me that many cactuses, as well as all of the aloes, are regularly visited by hummingbirds.
They began collecting cactuses and succulents in the 1960s, when the house they lived in had a pool that filled the back yard.
It is the most charismatic of the large cactuses, reaching 60 feet in height and living for up to 300 years.
Visitors also are invited to explore the Huntington's own 12-acre Desert Garden, where more than 5,000 different species of cactuses and succulents provide a year-round show of their own.