Saturday, May 9, 2009

Tiny But Nice

Mammillaria wildii f. cristata

The cristate form of this cactus has blooms that run parallel. With time, this small cactus can grow to about 18 inches wide with large tangled mounds. Collectors like it because is freely flowers, unlike some other cristate forms of cacti.

Mammillaria marksiana

The common name of this cactus is Cabeza de Viejo. It is too tender for for our intense sunlight, so I keep it on the patio year round. It takes very little water, and the expected bloom period is in January and February, but this one consistently blooms in April and May.

Mammillaria magnimamma

The flower color on this species can range from pale pink to red. I've seldom seen specimens with the same coloration as mine.


Tatyana said...

I love cacti blooms! I like the last one the most! Both, the plant itself and the flower have gorgeous color! Thanks!

Julie said...

Nice shots and info! I think it is cool that your Mammallaria magniMAMMA (Mammy or Momma, for Mom), is blooming for Mothers Day!!! LOL.
Have a wonderful Moms Day, Aiyana!

Phoenix C. said...

Beautiful! I can see how cactus collecting must be so interesting - I'm not going to start or I'll be spending my food budget!

Moe said...

Beautiful cacti! Happy Mother's Day!

Lythrum said...

I really like that first one, it's pretty. :) Happy Mother's Day!

Teri C said...

Hi Aiyana, I have another Cactus Monday bloom at who needs an identification.

You are my 'go-to-girl' for these. Hope you don't mind.

I also invite you to join us in Cactus Monday.