So I live on a hill overlooking my hometown, which is pretty sweet. This also means that I live in the middle of a desert, and that my front yard is basically how it was when the house was built, i.e. full of plants that do everything in their power to hurt you if you touch them.
Well, I lied a little, because this kind isn't really native, but it is very pretty. It's called Ice Plant, but the species in the Wikipedia entry is not this, which is a little different.
A different, more delicate type, with very dense purple flowers:
Here is something a little different: A Century Plant. This guy is about 6 feet tall(1.82m), or about as tall as I am, only it's about 8ft wide and spikey. It'll probably bloom next year, producing a stalk about 20ft(6m) high, at which point it will die. It already has little buddies around it's base, so no worry.
I photoshopped General Falken:
Besides having errors that I can't spot right now(been working on it too much, I need time to come back fresh), he looks rather sad. Maybe it has something to do with not having pupils. Poor guy.