Beavertail Cactus T-shirt

Bring home a piece of the museum collection with this simple yet comfy unisex T-shirt featuring an iconic cactus painting by A.R. Valentien. In 1908, the artist accepted a commission from local philanthropist Ellen Browning Scripps to illustrate the botanical diversity of California. Over the next 10 years, he produced nearly 1,100 watercolor plant portraits of native wildflowers, grasses, ferns, trees, and cacti. The entire collection is now housed in The Nat’s Research Library.

The flowers of the beavertail cactus (Opuntia basilaris) get their vivid colors from a type of pigment known to only a few plant families. Although this cactus’ lack of spines give it a benign look, the beavertail cactus is well armored: thousands of hairlike spines—called glochids—appear in circular patches on the pale blue-green pads.

This T-shirt is 100% combed, ring-spun cotton and features tThe Nat logo and the artist’s signature on the inside label. It is sure to become a wardrobe staple.

Size guide

Length (inches) 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 36
Width (inches) 16 ½ 18 20 22 24 26 28 30 31