Sunday, September 2, 2007

Mystery Cactus

Just when I was despairing that I would not have a photo for my blog my mystery cactus produced two beautiful blooms on Saturday. This is its fourth flowering this year. Each time, it presented fewer flowers, but they are still something to see.

I've tried to identify this cactus since I acquired it, and I'm still not sure what it is. Two folks that I consider cactus experts have given me their opinion that is was an Echinopsis, and for a while, I thought I finally had the answer.

Recently, I sent two photos to the Desert Botanical Garden for help with identification, and as an afterthought, sent along an earlier photo of this cactus in bloom, but with the cactus body showing. They believe it is of the Echinocereus genus, species unknown. So, who knows? And really, what does it matter?








20 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi. Thanks you stumbled upon my blog. I really think cacti (and succulents) are wonderful. :) By the way, those flowers are lovely.

-Ron
http://myshaboten.livejournal.com

Mark said...

Hi Aiyana,

It looks like a Bert to me...in my humble opinion. great colour and luck that it nknew it was GTS coming up.

Cheers Mark

kate said...

Those are beautiful blooms. The colour is spectacular - the cactus is barely visible underneath.

It seems as if cactus and succulent identification is a bit confusing. But really, best to just enjoy and marvel at their beauty.

Beth said...

Gorgeous! Mystery adds spice to life... and to gardening, too!

2mara said...

beautiful!!
~2

Dirty Knees said...

Very nice! I went back to your June post to view your cactus with 5 blooms on it. How nice that it has bloomed three times this year!

maiylah said...

so lovely! yes, it is great that we "know" our plant, but what really is wonderful is that it is thriving pretty well under your care! :)

thanks for dropping by,
and happy GTS!

Susan said...

I don't know what most of my garden flowers are called but I love seeing them all in bloom. The cactus is lovely -whatever it's name is!

Moe said...

Very beautiful! My wife and I have talked about getting some indoor cacti, and this picture has convinced me to do it sooner rather than later. Gorgeous!

RUTH said...

Stunning...and how kind of it to bloom for your GTS post :o)

TopVeg said...

A spectacular photo - thanks!

Claire said...

I love cacti and i have had mine for since i was ten, its the only thing i have been able to keep alive so far.

Thanks for the visit and comment :)

I now have an idea for a future GTS :)

Adam said...

Those flowers look lovely. Really brilliant colours.

Thanks for your comments.

Drew said...

Great blossoms on the Mystery Cactus. Thanks for stopping by.

Julie said...

Hi Aiyana,
That is BEAUTIFUL!!!
Just wanted to thank you for telling me about GTS...I was finally able to get through the tech part, and was successful. I was thrilled! Now...more to learn...like where to post the pics...do we do it right on our own sites??
Julie

THE BLUEST BUTTERFLY said...

Whatever it is...it is such a beautiful, bright color.

CG said...

What stunning blooms! you could have a very rare cactus there but rare or not it obviously gives you lots of pleasure!

jho said...

wonderful flowers...i love flowers..can't help to comment...very nice shot...blessings..

Ladynred said...

What a beautiful red flower. I love it.

Happy Labor Day!

chigiy at Gardeners Anonymous said...

Aiyana,
I'm going to take a guess as to what catus it is.
I think it is a red-flowered cactus. Ha-ha.
The flowers are brilliant.