cactus bud

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Flower bud season has started in my succulent/cactus garden!
It won’t be more than a few days before the first bud opens.
Unfortunately I’m away around Easter, so there’s a good chance that I’ll miss it.

Top left: Gymnocalycium mihanovichii v. friedrichii (non-grafted)
Top right: Astrophytum coahuilense
Middle: Notocactus ottonis (edited from Echinopsis after flowering)
Bottom: my giant Astrophytum ornatum

Time for the first blooming of the Echinopsis oxygona family. This year 3 more plants seem to have reached blooming size! In particular I am excited about the one on the left, because it comes from a different variety. Let’s see its flower!

Es tiempo de la primera floración de los cactus Echinopsis oxygona. Este año parece que tres plantas más han alcanzado el tamaño mínimo para florecer. En particular la de la izquierda de la fila del medio, porque es de una variedad distinta. Veamos cómo son sus flores!

thisacelovesheadcanons  asked:

It is super exciting reading all your stuff about plants, would you be able to poke me in the right direction for forage stuff I can get out of the Sonoran Desert? I mean, I know about prickly pear, barrel cactus and Mesquite beans... And my right direction I mean like a book or something I could order and study?

oh man you are in PRIME PINE NUT COUNTRY I envy you that. I love pine nuts, but pines that bear nuts do not like my area and they’re expensive as hell around here. But they grow wild all over the Southwest, and were/are a staple for Native American tribes. 

Here’s an excellent guide. I’ve read it, but only rarely been to the Southwest to put it into practice. 

Chia (Yep, that chia, of ‘superfood’ fame) grows in your area. Another staple of indigenous people. 

Cholla cactus has edible flower buds, seeds, and fruit. 

Many species of agave have edible leaves, stalks, flowers, and seeds. I have more trouble identifying species of agave than some other plants, partly because I haven’t spent much time around them.