Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Color Range

Gymnocalycium baldianum (Pink)



The Gymnocalycium baldianum species has flowers that range from white, pink, orange and bright red. I've looked for one of the white flowered ones without any luck. Each year, my G. baldianum has flowers that range from pink to a salmon pink color. This year, it looks like they are more in the pink range.




Gymnocalycium baldianum (Red)



My one red G. baldianum is still small, but this species can bloom at one year old. I've found over the years that Gymnocalycium baldianum will bloom over and over from late April until September. If anyone ever wants a cactus that produces prolific flowers, this is it.


Parodia horstii



Most of my Parodia species have flowered or in the process right now. They will soon finish up for the season, but may produce another round of smaller flowers in a few weeks. I never know.


Parodia sp.

I've never been able to identify the species of this Parodia. It produces many flowers each year, despite its small size. This year, the petals have a red tinge on the edges for some reason.

21 comments:

GardenJoy4Me said...

Hello Aiyana .. it always amazes me what absolutely gorgeous flowers different cactus have .. so unexpected in some .. talk about visual surprise to the eyes when you think of the body of the plant itelf ? Joy : )

Yolanda Elizabet Heuzen said...

It's lovely to see so many of your cacti in flower. Pink is a firm favourite of mine so the first pic is a winner in my book. ;-)

Darla said...

Your cactus' amaze me!

Paula said...

I love the variety of cactus flowers - shapes and colors...it never ceases to amaze me. I have really come to appreciate their uniquness! Thanks again for sharing! Paula

Laurie and Chris said...

Love the pink cactus. The colors are amazing on all of them.

Suzanne said...

Such beautiful colors. I always enjoy visiting your garden.

Julie said...

I've just spent the whole morning looking at Parodia and Gymno online to buy! What a coincidence you would show them too! They are such bloomers and gorgeous blooms at that!

Julie said...

Do you keep these in shade or sun?

Wanita said...

Your cactus flowers are so pretty. And I love the name of your blog!

Thanks for visiting my blog. No, our crab apple does not have a scent. Our neighbors, however, have a white flowering crab that smells absolutely wonderful.

Blessings,
Wanita

Jean said...

Lovely as always! I love the pink shade of the first one but the Parodia horstii is my favorite. So interesting with the different color shades and the spiky petals. Love all your tiny ones on the last post too! Thanks for another beautiful and interesting post. Jean

~~Rhonda said...

Beautiful flowers! The pink one is my favorite. :) Desert gardening is way out of my area of knowledge. I enjoyed looking at other posts on your blog, too. Lovely! ~~Rhonda

Aiyana said...

Julie,
Here in the Phoenix area, I keep these on the patio where they get morning and late afternoon indirect sun. The patio faces north. They are gradually moved to full sun from the time that danger of frost has passed (around March 10 until mid or late April, and then again from October until frost is predicted. Then, back to the patio in case of frost. Climates that have less intense summer sun and no frost are probably ideal, as long as the humidity isn't too high.
Aiyana

Carla said...

oooo ahhhh (love these colors:), I see you are at 99F at 7:30 pm, guess I should stop complaining about our current high of 85F huh?
Thank you for sharing your blooms:)

Lythrum said...

I love the pink one, it practically glows. :)

Linda M. Verardi said...

love it...fab...I need to add some of these to my garden.

Anne Fannie said...

Aiyana,
Every week I am in awe over those blooms on your cactus plants!
I never knew cactus plants could be so breathtaking!
~Ann

Hey HayHay said...

Thanks for the great comment! I never knew cacti had such pretty blooms! Thanks for sharing!

Pudgeduck said...

Really great pics! I love the pink!

wiseacre said...

I just love that Parodia horstii. The form is great and I'm always a sucker for orange flowers

Lancashire rose said...

Your cactus blooms are just spectacular. I have a Mammilaria about the flower. Tiny blooms but very special.

Claude said...

Hey Aiyana... just wanted to let you know that the plants arrived safe and sound... I was having a really annoying day, and it was a great surprise. I think you sent me better plants than I sent out! Luckily I have three matching flower pots to put them in, so I'll be able to keep track of which ones I got from you... Thanks!