CHOOS­ING A BE­GIN­NER MODEL

(We swear we didn’t make these names up)

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PIN­CUSH­ION

The stan­dard-is­sue $10 desk cac­tus. Care for it prop­erly and small flow­ers will bloom around its peak at the start of spring.

GOLDEN BAR­REL

Squat, round, and ridged with long yel­low spines. Buck­min­ster Fuller prob­a­bly had a photo of one of these pinned to his vi­sion board for the orig­i­nal ge­o­desic dome.

BUNNY EARS

A good choice if you’re buy­ing a plant to test your abil­ity to care for a fu­ture pet rab­bit.

STAR

Disc-shaped and evoca­tive of the deep sea. Its body is di­vided into sev­eral tri­an­gu­lar ribs lined with tiny pods that look like the suc­tion cups on oc­to­pus ten­ta­cles.

OLD MAN

Spindly, and cov­ered in a white plumage that looks like Gan­dalf’s beard. A great way to add some dis­tin­guished char­ac­ter to a new space.

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