Pumpkins and Succulents

I fear I’m a bit late with this, but perhaps it will be something you might want to do next year for some fall decorations. I bought one of those big, flat pumpkins that has a deep depression where the stem would be. Alas, I don’t remember what variety of pumpkin this...

Tiger Jaws Make Nice Flowers

Faucaria tigrina, commonly called Tiger Jaws, is a lovely little succulent plant  that is blooming now. The blooms open mid-day and evening for two or three days before they are spent. Look closely and you can see tips on the leaves shaped like teeth, which is...

Ariocarpus Flowers

I had been watching my Ariocarpus fissurata lloydii since late summer, expecting a flower to pop out of the pretty white wool in the center of the plant. Nothing. I failed to take a picture of all that wool, but eventually one pink flower barely opened in the overcast...

It’s not an Agave, but sort of looks like one

Leuchtenbergia principis really is a cactus, but looks like an agave, kind of, so its common name is Agave cactus. Confused yet? I wrote about this same plant September 21, 2014- “Leuchtenbergia Principis, aka Agave Cactus,”  but it has grown since then, and if you...

Edithcolea Grandis has a Spectacular Flower

I had seen a picture of this plant’s flower and knew I wanted one. So when I learned that friend and fellow cactus-lover Woody Minnich in Edgewood, New Mexico, had them for sale in his Cactus Data Plants greenhouse, I jumped at the chance to get one. I ordered it in...