sharp little spikes
by Ester Smith
I found this seedling in my garden approximately three years ago.
Looks like a cactus about 18 inches tall.
Drought Smart Plants reply:
Hi Ester, this does indeed look like some type of cactus.
Unfortunately, there are many different kinds, so a positive identification of it may be difficult.
As for why you would get it sprouting in your garden, maybe a neighbor has one that produced flowers and set some seed.
This might lead to an answer for you if you can find out where the seed might have come from.
See the page on cacti and succulents for more information, and succulent care for some ideas of how to look after it (although, from the size of it, you don't need any help with that!)