I'm so happy you introduced me to these Mammillarias that can grow in the ground here in AZ. I have Mammillarias but none of these. All the ones I have are in pots and seem to prefer afternoon shade. I'm definitely going to look for the ones you are showing.
Thanks Nancy, happy to spread the joy! My method of finding these guys was pretty simple really. I just shopped nurseries in the summer for plants already out in full sun. Several of my Mamms come from Acacia Nursery in the Tucson area, where pretty much everything is in full sun. I also figure that any cottony cactus should take full sun, else what's the point of all the cotton? The problem for you may be hardiness, I'm pretty sure you're a tad cooler than Fountain Hills, and so many Mamms are borderline in that regard (9b & 10a), though once again, if they can survive Tucson, you should be fine, right? I now have 11 varieties, some are definitely experiments, but all are incredibly responsive to bright sunlight, so much so that flowers begin closing upon the passage of a single cloud. I suspect the reason Mamms tend to reside in the shade of thick brush and wedged under Chollas is for protection from grazers rather than sunlight.
Those are some very happy looking cacti. Smart idea to look for plants that have already been accommodated to full sun. I have learned the hard way that it can take months before a greenhouse-grown cactus will be able to handle real exposure. It's very frustrating. About the cotton, that's been my observation too in trying to get these plants into the sun. The quickest ones to tolerate Baja California rays have been the ones with the type of spines that act as natural sunscreen. Like M. plumosa, for example... totally impervious to daylong sun because of the feathery shielding. Or M. dioica, the local Mamm, which has a ferocious nest of hooked spines.
Can you leave these plants to their own devices in the ground in Arizona, or do they require irrigation?
Rosemary is an excellent plant in a xeric garden. It's quite popular locally, not so much because it's used in cooking, but because it requires so little water to thrive (and flower).
That Melocactus is fantastic. It doesn't look like the top of a cactus, but rather the candy "noughat". I have 4 Melocactus that have lost their roots. They have a ball on the base but no roots and they look fine. Could that have been too much water? I put them in lightly moist soil surrounded by small rocks and placed them under the front porch so they won't get watered except as i do it. What causes this. The same thing has happened to some Notocactus ubelmannianus. Very strange. Xuling
Pic 1 is Spanish Lavender, of course. Pic 2 is Echinocereus rayonesensis, and Pics 3, 4 are E. fendleri. Some other Echinocereus and Thelocactus are getting ready... I have a couple Mamms still blooming, but they're finally starting to wind down.
I couldn't resist and stopped at two nurseries today. The first had many cactus I wanted that were either in bloom and with buds or just with buds so I bought a handful. I am going to post the photos of my new ones when I find the time, hopefully soon. xuling
I think the center really is red. Thelocactus bicolor "The Glory of Texas" lives up to its Latin and common names. There is yellow in there, but I think the bicolor refers to the stunning magenta and red hues.
Not any more, but yup, that's my first rattler this season. Big, calm, dignified, I always enjoy the older diamondbacks, they're almost regal. The youngsters can be more of a handful. In summer, we get them coming through our backyard more nights than not. I don't mind them at all, but I do worry about one of the pups going up to say howdie do...
Rattlesnakes can move quite nicely on their own, no need to help them along. And no need to concern yourself about them, especially in open terrain, as opposed to high grass. They aren't shy about providing long, loud warnings announcing their presence, ignore at your own peril.
Also, GermanStar, thanks for the name of the Yucca. I was at DBG the other day and saw them flowering there also. I love that they are smaller than a standard yucca and bloom as they do. I am definitely going to get some.
Y. rupicola is another to look for. They both (Y. pallida and Y. rupicola) look completely defenseless, but rabbits seem to leave 'em be, they're extremely hardy, and they manage full sun, so real plus-plus plants for our area.
Hi everyone, I'm back to Daves Garden after several years away. Just thinking what beautiful cactus grow in Arizona where my brother lives. Would love to visit him and see his yard but am too far away & am afraid to fly. Thankyou for posting all these pictures. I'm starting an indoor cacti and succulent garden in my sunroom.
Mid-summer color. Would've been more, but the local Peccary family found another Echinopsis with six big buds about to open, and removed them. While they were at it, they flipped my Gymnocalycium saglionis upside down, and reduced my 20-head M. magnifica to 18. Grrrrrrrr!!
Thanks! The first one above was labeled G. fleichericinus (would not google?). The second one labeled G.euryplorum. Yes, Nancy, I bought them at the show. I also got these two, both unlabeled.
I just counted and I have 18 Gymnocalyciums. They are one of my favorites.
Another day, another color. Echinocereus brandegeei seems an Echinocereus of a very different stripe. I can't imagine any of my other Echinocereus even considering blooming this time of year, but here we are...
This is a great thread with great plants. This question is for smashedcactus: What criteria, if any, do you use for deciding favorites (in this case you mention Gymnocalyicums). I find it very difficult and keep changing my mind. I do have a few different plants (disregarding the type of plants) that remain high on my list. This is kind of an idle question because probably in general it is just an internal feeling rather than being put through the gauntlet of criteria. My plant came with the name tag Submatucana madisoniorum, not Matucana m. They look similar. Do they go by two different names? Xuling
I know you asked Gary (Smashed Cactus) about what he likes about Gymnos, but they are some of my favorites also. I like them because they bloom often and with lots of flowers that are nice and big. Also, they don't have a million spines and I like that. I like seeing the green plant.
I like them for the same reason as Nancy, and also that they are small and easy to care for. I guess I have favorites in different categories. I like the Echinopsis for the large flowers and so many different colors. The Mammillarias for the spine formation. The Agaves for their leaf formation. And others for different reasons.
It doesen't look like the spines on my plant are going to get as big as your Submatucana madisoniorum. It is a very young plant. Only time will tell.
I think Nancy's plant is G. baldianum. That one and this G. andreae bloom all the time.
You are nasty GermanStar for posting beautiful photos with beautiful colors and not giving their names. Of course half of mine are probably mislabled, so when I give names they may be incorrect (probably are!!). Xuling
NancySLAZ wrote:How big does the F. emoryi ssp. rectispinus get? I love the color of the flowers. I have F. wislinzenii with yellow flowers.
I think they get about the same size as F. cylindraceus and F. wislinzenii. Really spectacular spinage is absolutely exotic-looking. I understand F. wislinzenii can have orange or yellow blooms, but I prefer orange, given the preponderance of yellow-blooming F. cylindraceus in the area.
NancySLAZ wrote:Do you know the name of the beautiful yucca in picture 3?
I have to say, I like the Y. pallida even more than before. It sat and did nothing for months after flowering, then suddenly awoke, forming a new core and two pups. I hadn't realized a colony was imminent.
More Mamms. Admittedly, not the most exciting show, but until today, I wasn't sure my M. plumosa had even survived its first year out in full sun. It's just siting there, hiding under a wool blanket -- hard to tell what's going on under there!
I added it to the landscape late last winter, to give it the best possible chance to adapt, and threw a bucket of water on it once per week all summer long. It hasn't done much, but it is gratifying to see it's still alive!
Thank you. It might take years for it to stake out an actual presence in the yard, the heads are soooooo tiny. But it's there and the spines are so tight, the critters who like to chew little cacti up leave it alone.
I was checking my plants today and found my M. plumosa booming. It has been inside and fighting for light on a shelf below a window for nearly two months. I also found this M. hahniana getting ready to bloom. It is about 8 ' across the room from the window. It had already bloomed earlier this year.
Nice! Turns out flowering was the worst mistake of my M. plumosa's life. The whole plant sprung to life, with head after head after head showing new growth, then budding and flowering. Unfortunately, this was more than enough to attract the attention of yard vermin, which ate the flowers, ate the buds and savagely attacked several of the heads. I dug it up and moved it, but the attacks continue. ;-(
Thank you sir! That is what's left of one of the most beautiful examples of C. tarijensis I've seen. It had several perfect 3' columns before our 2011 winter got a hold of it. I trimmed the dead columns, then waited two years for it to come back, before giving up and cutting the one remaining perfect column to start over. This is same plant 08/10.
Thought I spotted a Cleistocactus! That's tragic...really looks like a great clump. Do you have a pic of the flower open all the way? My tarijensis have yet to bloom.
Glad you were able to salvage a nice-sized column!
This is M. hahniana from above photo. I decided to take it upstairs when I saw the bloom starting to form. Big mistake. It never bloomed. Now after a little water, it is starting to get buds again. Hoping it will warm up soon so I can get it outside.
So this is where you "hang", GS! See you sporadically on CF, then gone for "awhile". I haven't used DG near as much as I should, except for C & S data. Have been pretty much "living" on CF, but now that I've spotted other "regular" members -- & members of Yahoo groups -- I really need to check in here more often. That being said, I'm about to return to work @ ractrack -- with 14 hr days -- until Dec., with Wed. & Sun.'s to take care of yard, 300 C & S, veggie garden, etc.! I WILL be "lurking" tho. Great to see your stuff! Your 1st photo (of Mamm. spinoss.) is what caught my eye, because my Lowe's plant (of 3 yrs) is showing it's 1st (ring of) blossoms! Yeah.
Nancy - Pick topics most useful to you. During the Winter when not working, I read many of them. About to return to work (14hr days) until Dec. & have to cut way down. Usually in Grown From Seed & Cultivation as minimum.
I'll have to try harder Peter. Thanks. I love the blogs but sometimes it is either go outside and garden or stay in and look at the computer. I am more likely to select the garden at this time of year. Soon it will be in the 100's here and the computer is the definite choice then!
Y. pallida getting ready. This is a great deal. I often have mixed feelings about my Yuccas flowering, since flowering is at the expense of actual growth. But Y. pallida offsets and form colonies, so while one plant is flowering, others are growing.
I just got a Yucca pallida and planted it in my yard. Can't wait for it to flower. I suppose it will take a couple of years to do so. I wanted Y. rupicola too but am still looking for it close to Sun Lakes. May be an impossible task and I may have to go to the places you have mentioned GS.