Friday, June 04, 2010

Spiny Candle?

Echinocereus species. Yeah, I wait all year for my Echinocereus to bloom and I get two flowers that last about 3 days each...(grumble, grumble). Still, the flowers are a dramatic sight and overall, the suspense is fun! Just be careful about taking vacations away from home during cacti blooming season! They say that absence makes the heart grow fonder, right?

Just for fun, I looked up the Latin. Echino means spiny and cereus refers to candle. I guess they are shaped like the candles of old and they definitely are painfully (if also artfully) spiny!

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