Sunday, May 4, 2008

Couldn't Ask For More

Echinocereus viereckii ssp morricalii



When I saw this Echinocereus viereckii ssp morricalii, I was immediately taken with the bright green stems, without knowing what color the flowers would be. When it bloomed this week, I was delighted to see these magenta flowers. This find makes up for the various semi-disappointments I've had with cactus flower color among my specimens. This cactus promises to be one of the nicest specimens in my collection.

Although the stems look as if they won't take full sun in Phoenix, I was assured that I could plant it in my garden without worry; however, I chose to pot it. The stems can reach almost two feet tall, and it will continue to clump and grow new stems.

22 comments:

Mark said...

Hi Aiyana,
Love the term 'pups' for the young cactus or is it the term you use for the baby off shoots?
I am constantly amazed by the colour of the flowers and I bet it brightens up your place.

Cheers Mark

Hootin' Anni said...

I have one quite similar [and posted photos a couple of weeks ago for my Green Thumb] ---I bought mine in Tucson and moved it with me here to TX ---same color blossoms.

My GTS entry this week is wildflowers

Claude said...

was cruising through the blogs when I stumbled on to you, And I just had to tell you how much I was enjoying your blog. This Echinocereus is fantastic...

Muum said...

It IS beautiful! Do you pot up very many cacti? How does that change how you take care of them?

Dirty Knees said...

The colour really is nice! I can see why you're pleased. I assume you planted it in a pot so you could move it into the shade when needed. Two feet long? WoW! I bet an old plant in bloom is magnificent!

Aunt Debbi/kurts mom said...

Beautiful flowers.

Sara said...

Great color, Aiyana. I really do believe in climates where the sun shines as bright as it does in ours we need bold colors so things don't look washed out. You have lucked out.
Sara

PAULE said...

Hi Aiyana

Thanks for your nice comment on my blog. I love your garden. It's a garden I would like to have.

Paule - Reunion Island

Teresa said...

How brilliant! It looks like it loves being in a pot.

Bo said...

A beautiful deep magenta - what a great color with that green.

Cheryl said...

Now that is a beautiful plant, the colour is amazing.

Mary said...

I love this plant and the blossoms are so colorful. Thanks so much for sharing.

Blessings,
Mary

Arty Allsorts said...

I know nothing about cacti or succulents but I know where to come for info now :) Love this one too - who am I kidding, I love them all!

Laura said...

Good colour! I find cacti so interesting. Such colour, shape, and of course texture. You found a winner!

Deb @ Sugarfused said...

Eye-popping color, Aiyana! I love coming here each week and learning about your cactus plants. Who knows? Maybe one day I'll plant one of my own and I'll have you to thank lol!

Curtis said...

what a stunning color to this cacti.

Julie said...

Oh...wow...great color and shape! LOVE it!!! Congrats!

Michelle said...

What *BEAUTIFUL* blooms!! :)

Shady Gardener said...

You have more to offer than I even thought possible! What a collection. :-) Beautiful photos, also!

chigiy at Gardeners Anonymous said...

The flowers are so vibrant.
Gorgeous.

Terra Hangen said...

Brilliant color to the flowers. Thanks for sharing with us.

Ginni Dee said...

I love that color! I'm always so amazed at your cactus collection!