Sunday, July 27, 2008

First Time Flowers

Dolichothele sphaerica

This cactus comes from a small genus that comes from Mexico. It used to be classified in the Mammillaria genus. Its common name is Longmamma Nipple Cactus. Since it has a long, thick taproot, I planted it under a Palo Verde tree, rather than worrying about pot depth. It is doing so well that it flowered its first year in the ground. Since I took this photo, it has had two more rounds of blooms. The flowers are said to be strongly scented, but I can't detect much fragrance, probably because I can't get close enough to the flowers. I would have to get right down in the gravel to get a whiff, which is easy enough. Getting back up is always the trick for me!


This fast-growing cactus readily clumps and forms mounds up to two feet in diameter. It takes no special care.

9 comments:

Perennial Gardener said...

Gorgeous blooms.

Hootin' Anni said...

How pretty, how pretty. And this is the first time ever for this cactus to bloom? Wow...what a treat.

My GTS is posted [it's in the middle section of my Sunday Blog Post, so scroll down below the day after the hurricane photos]

Dee said...

Lovely! It is always so thrilling to see the first flowers!

beckie said...

What a pretty bloom. It must really like the spot you chose for it. I know what you mean about getting back up! When I'm in the garden working, it's not a graceful sight to see me getting around.

jocelyn said...

Very rewarding to have a plant adapt to a new environment so quickly! such a pretty, soft yellow too.

م .اشرف شرف الدين الشريف said...

very nice
beautiful flower and me like this cactus

Claude said...

you're always showing me plants that I decide I want!

This is a very nice little guy...

Julie said...

This cactus sounds like it is very happy in it's spot under the tree! Beautiful blooms!!!

Muum said...

What a wonderful success story. I do like that pale yellow color, too.