These spiny cactus have a one day showing of their gorgeous flowers

Remember this photo?

The furry nodules on this little cactus came out overnight, and within about a month, will produce the most incredible flowers you have ever seen. I'll try to remember to post a picture of that.

The furry nodules on this little cactus came out overnight, and within about a month, will produce the most incredible flowers you have ever seen. I’ll try to remember to post a picture of that.

 

I don’t know what these cacti are called, but I got a tiny one from a friend years ago, and it just kept getting bigger and having “babies”.  Every year at about this time, it flowers, overnight, the blooms usually wither by the next afternoon. I try to get a picture every year, it’s a milepost.  This year I was shocked – of all the little nodules that pop out early in spring, I usually only get one or two really gorgeous blossoms. This year I got eight!

Here's what they looked like last night.

Here’s what they looked like last night when I went to bed.

And here it is this morning.

And here it is this morning.

 

The color and texture of the petals is like Cinderella's ball gown.

The color and texture of the petals are like Cinderella’s ball gown.

 

There’s another, similar cactus I have, with similar flowers. It’s getting ready to bloom, probably tonight. I’ll try to remember to get some more pictures of that.

This cactus has pinker flowers.

This cactus has pinker flowers.

 

These cactus make a nice container garden. I wouldn’t put them in the ground because they reproduce by dropping their spiny babies. These spiny species get by on a lot less water.

My nopalitos are doing well right now, I’ll have to get some pix of those too.

 

 

 

 

 

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