Sunday, February 17, 2008

Resurrection

Left for dead last year, this Mammillaria plumosa has completed the final step in its resurrection by producing its first flower. Its Lazarus-like qualities are amazing. You can read about what happened with this cactus in this previous post.



The flower on this M. plumosa is close to the soil line, rather than near the top as usually found, so it was hard to get a photograph of the tiny flower. Usually, the flowers on the M. plumosa are white with a pink center, or white with a pink stripe on the petals. This flower has a pale pink stripe, plus a lot of pink in the petals. It will be interesting to see if the pinkish tinge will lessen as it reaches its peak.

18 comments:

sisah said...

It´s not only the cacti´s blossoms that are lovely but the whole Mammilaria itself!

Angie said...

Wow! It came back! And how lovely that flower is! I wish I could see your entire cacti collection, but I'll just keep enjoying it in photos!

WiseAcre said...

By the time spring gets here I'm going to need some of that Lazarus-like quality. With another bout of sub-zero temps on the way I'm feeling more like a cryogenic experiment.

kml said...

Will it continue this cycle? It is amazing!

barbara said...

What a sweet reminder of the good things to come. Lovely pastels.

Mark said...

Hi Aiyana,
That has a uderwater coral like fel to it with the feathery things around it.

Cheers Mark

g_mirage said...

Its really a wonder how cactus live long, what have you done to revive it? Lovely blossom!

kate said...

That brought back a memory - I read through your October post and remembered this along with the interesting exchange with MBT.

The flower is beautiful.

Moe said...

Very pretty!

farmingfriends said...

What a pretty flower this has. Glad it has resurrected itself. Sara from farmingfriends

nikkipolani said...

Such a pretty bloom - so glad it came back!

Mad Man Bamboo said...

Nice bloom, spring is a knockin'...

Sean

Kylee said...

It's alive! Yay! And what a pretty flower. Cacti always surprise me with their lovely flowers. You just wouldn't think they'd be that pretty.

earlysnowdrop said...

Just found your site tonight. I enjoyed looking at your photos.

nina said...

Lovely to see life return!

Ginni Dee said...

How lovely...it's great that you caught it on camera!

gardenpath said...

This is so pretty. My mom grows cactus, but so far, I don't have good luck with them. I want to learn how to do it right!

Thanks for stopping by my blog!
Sandy

Julie said...

This reminds me of those darn kitten ears I had thrown on the ground, and then I found them growing again. I will get some more pic and post them...this one sure is pretty with and without flowers. I'm so happy it revived itself...these darn things really do thrive on neglect...their weird!