Echinocereus triglochidiatus var. mojavensis flower
Echinocereus triglochidiatus var. mojavensis flower, close-up
Last summer my Echinocereus triglochidiatus var. mojavensis (SB 1756; Montrose County, Colorado, USA) flowered for the first time.
Flowering Echinocereus triglochidiatus var. mojavensis
The plant is growing outdoors all year round, with some protection from precipitation during winter.
The flower is absolutely stunning and I almost can't wait for the plant to form a large mound covered in flowers.
Monday, February 02, 2009
Thursday, April 12, 2007
I spent my Easter vacation in NYC and of course had to visit the New York Botanical Garden while in the neighborhood. The Easter weather was extremely cold with temperatures just above freezing – the cacti in the outdoor bed were all dormant so they seemed better prepared for the cold spell than we were ;-)
The NYBG outdoor cactus bed seems to be established or rearranged recently as very few of the plants are large and well established, one of the exceptions being a sprawling Opuntia pusilla.
View of cactus bed
Some of the dormant plants displayed beautiful winter colors, especially the O. basilaris and O. polyacantha cultivars were dazzling in their different shades of purple.
Opuntia basilaris 'Art Combe'
Opuntia polyacantha 'Candy Cane'
The Escobaria vivipara plants are growing just next to the footpath. Fortunately they weren’t trampled – in their withered state they could easily be overlooked if one swerved from the path.
The bed contains several species of Echinocereus, all looking fine after the winter. Inspired by this I might try to grow both Escobaria and Echinocereus in my unprotected bed (after investigating the differences in temperature and precipitation between Denmark and New York more thoroughly).
A post on the NYBG cactus house (part of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory) can be found here.