My two cents, if I may. These flowers would grow on top of the cacti. The flowers and fruits would be cactus damage proof (hopefully possible). To break the fruit off the flowers, a hoe is needed (hoes need more uses anyhow). Finally, the fruit can be used as a weak-ish food that can cause nausea and as a potion ingredient. The fruit would be used in a Potion of Nausea (*cough* Avatar's Cactus Juice *cough*). I do like this idea a lot, jolly good show!
I have two cacti growing in my ravine, I never really use the cacti. I sometimes smelt it when I have a bunch, for green wool.. Or for fireworks since they have been added.
Also, I used to get cactus fruit all the time in real life! I love it so much, I just miss getting it.. :c
I like the idea. I made a cactus farm a while ago: I put my endless stacks of cacti in a minecart with a chest and set the track into lava. Cacti right now are about useless for anything else other than traps. Support.
So,since you said both the flower and the fruit i made skins for both,now i am happy about the Fruits,since i did a longer model of both of them
The flower?It looked bad on a flat image,but as soon as i placed it down it was beautiful,but i could have modeled it a bit more.....
I will model it a bit more,when i'm not so tired.
Anyways here they are!
Sorry about the Omega sized image,it's a glitch with ImageShack.
The first Red thing is the Ripe Cactus Fruit,The Green one is not.The Pinkish Flower is the Cactus Flower.
If you have anything bad to say,please don't use to many Course Words,just tell me what you don't like about it and i will change it.Now if you excuse me,i have to go lay down a bit....