April 25, 2012

Red-Headed Irishman (Mammillaria spinosissima)

Here's another eBay purchase that I couldn't pass up:


It was crazy top heavy so I had to make an extra heavy potting soil with rocks and sand and lead and kryptonite.  For a Mamm. it's quite large which is one reason why I had to buy it.


Ok, so maybe I didn't HAVE to buy it, but I've been experiencing non-buyer's remorse when it comes to plants (negative reinforcement - the avoidance of pain).  Plus I got it at a good price (rationalization).

It had a few blooms when it arrived - a color clashing magenta!  And from the pictures you can tell this plant is large enough to produce a full halo of flowers as evidenced by the spent blooms in between the tubercles.


Love the contrast with the white, red, and green!


It's soooooooooooo pretty!  I love the amount of color on this cactus.  The green is just barely visible - from a distance it looks like fuzzy rust.

Hopefully next spring, I'll get an awesome flower display to photograph.  I'm sure it will be spectacular!!


10 comments:

  1. Part of me says that's a cactus only its mother could love, but then I look at the photo of the full thing and fall under its spell. Can't wait to see it's glory next spring.

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  2. Very nice. Another plus - It photographs well:) Can't wait to see those colorful blooms.

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    1. I hope it doesn't die horribly before it gets a chance to bloom again!

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  3. This one is quite beautiful!!!

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  4. Cactus really do have pretty and vibrant blooms, but the plants usually do not have much color. I always admire those I see at the botanical gardens, but really grew any myself. They are so contrasting with the thorns and pretty blooms.

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    1. Thorns are definitely an interesting feature on cactus.

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  5. I will be waiting to see flowers come next Spring.

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