Wordless Wednesday–It’s Spring in the Desert

Blooming Cactus


How do you know when it’s too hot and dry in your house? When your cacti start blooming! Actually, all that means is that you’ve sited them properly in a sunny south window. So it’s spring in the desert of my south window.


Now if only the rest of my climate–out of doors–would warm up just a little!

6 thoughts on “Wordless Wednesday–It’s Spring in the Desert

  1. Mike H March 29, 2016 / 2:39 pm

    these are gorgeous! I have a small one, but don’t know the name.. do you?

    • gardendaze March 29, 2016 / 2:50 pm

      Thank you. I don’t know the name and a couple of fruitless “google searches” didn’t help me any. I have an actual book at home that may help with that. It’s fairly decent on cacti. I will have to look it up–or try to–later on this evening and get back to.


    • gardendaze March 29, 2016 / 3:11 pm

      Hi Again,
      So near as I can figure out, these are a form of rat tail cactus. If you look them up on line, you’ll say “Oh no, those flowers are way too spectacular,” and I’d agree. But two things. First, I don’t follow the instructions for watering every week and I certainly never feed.

      And there are about 15 varieties of rat tail cactus so of course they are going to put the showy forms online–not the puny ones like mine.

      Night blooming cereus is actually in this family so you’ll see where the showy blooming flowers come from.

      Hope this helps!

      Thanks for reading!


  2. Mike April 2, 2016 / 3:54 am

    Yeah, Google is less than cooperative on this one. Mine is almost identical to the bottom plant. The curved anemone-like spines threw me off the rat-tail cacti (I didn’t find any with curved spines). The closest match I found visually is mammilaria saboae, but I’m certain it isn’t that..

    • gardendaze April 2, 2016 / 8:27 am

      I’ve actually got some mammalaria (sp?) And they are different. They are much more upright–they just never droop over the way these do at all. They also bloom differently–similar flower, but larger, and much brighter.

      I will have to see if I can find a cactus expert in one of the plant societies I belong to. Maybe we can get this settled that way.


  3. Mike April 2, 2016 / 1:51 pm

    Thank you so much! I really appreciate it. 🙂

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