Just minutes after opening, this beautiful Argentine Giant flower began to wilt in the 110 degree heat. One thing I like about these huge flowers is the pure white of the petals. I have very few cactus blooms that have such white flowers. The sepals are a rose-red, so even the unopened flower is beautiful.
This slightly out of focus photo is the first flower on a tiny section of a Chamaelobivia 'Rose Quartz. This stem is only 1.5 inches. Chamaelobivia is sometimes called Peanut cactus, because each section resembles a peanut. These sections easily separate, and root readily. I have three small sections rooting in this 2 inch pot, and was very surprised to see a flower bud recently forming on one of the tiny stems. Usually, it takes a whole season before a section will flower.