Monday, May 11, 2009

A new favorite for Cactus Monday

I should know better than to start proclaiming "favorite" cactus blooms, as I did when my night blooming cactus bloomed last week. Right after that bloom died, one of my newest cacti, labeled just "Trichocereus" bloomed and what a gorgeous bloom it was! This one truly is in line for my favorite day bloomer anyway! The bloom lasted two full days, on my patio, out of direct sunlight. This cactus is new to my collection- bought within the last month from a local nursery. If anyone knows more about what kind of Trichocereus this might be please do comment. I had some fun doing some real close-up shots of the bloom- the red-pink-lavender colors were really striking.





Happy Cactus Monday- please visit Terri's Painted Daisies for some virtual cacti-hugging!

15 comments:

Teri C said...

oh WOWZERS, it is gorgeous!!! The color and the size is awesome. I am going to ask Aiyana to take a look. She is a Master Gardner from Phoenix.

HCM!!

Deborah Godin said...

That is truly amazing, looks like a torch held aloft!!

Diane C. said...

I see why that Trichocereus is one of your favorites. The bloom is so unusual, kind of like three flowers in one. And the colors are wonderful. Happy Cactus Monday!

yoon see said...

Wonderful! Wonderful shots!
Loving the colours and blossoms here:)
Happy Cactus Monday!

Deb said...

love your cacti...so pretty

Aiyana said...

Hi Dee,
I would guess your cactus is an Echinopsis huascha (also called Trichocereus huascha or Red Torch Cactus. Also called Argentine Hedgehog.) It's hard to know for sure as there are so many cultivars, but that's my opinion. The flowers on the Red Torch usually last up to 3 days. Trichocereus is now classified as Echinopsis.
Aiyana

Outside In said...

That is a really pretty bloom! and great photo shot. Happy Cactus Monday!

deepazartz said...

AWWWWWWWWWW

Such wonderful bloom!! What color!!
Nice pic Dee.

HCM!

Margaret Ann said...

What a show stopper! She is magnificent! HCM fellow cacuteer! :)

messyfish said...

now I have a new favourite too! I have never seen this before. WOW!

Julie said...

WOW...that thing is so statuesque...puts me in mind of the Statue of Libery's torch!!! Gorgeous bloom!!! Happy CM!
Oh...wish I knew what the specifics of this cactus were!

Julie said...

Oh, yes...I see Teri will ask Aiyana to have a look...she is the one who will know for sure!!!

gemma said...

OMG these are all fabulous!

Kevin said...

What an amazing bloom. I'll have to keep my eye out for one of these.

MrBrownThumb said...

Hi Dee,

That flower looks awesome. It looks so big on such a small cacti.

Really cool.