Echinopsis Charlemagne Blooms And Last Aloes Of The Season
Above: the plant and its flower
Below: overdoing the blooming
Echinopsis hybrid 'Charlemagne' was so excited to bloom for the first time, it exceeded its abilities. The flower was so large it fell off the plant as it opened. The flower is 5" (13 cm) wide, the plant is 2" (5 cm) wide. I put it in a small glass with a bit of water.
Wonderful glowing gold color. I've had another Echinopsis for a few years, a seedling of unknown heritage picked up at Bach's in Tucson, that blooms a beautiful but less impressive white.
What a glorious flower, from such a little plant!
I first became enchanted with Echinopsis flowers at the Huntington Desert Garden, so enchanted as to buy a few plants. I'm wary of cactus spines and as a result very reluctant to grow cacti, but the flowers are--wow.
Aloes are not spined but toothed. The blooming "season" here runs from fall through winter to late spring. Although I have at least one summer-blooming Aloe (A. reitzii), it isn't old enough to bloom yet. So the season in this garden ends with A. pseudorubroviolacea and A. aff. camperi.
Aloe pseudorubroviolacea's so far solitary, 4' (121 cm) wide rosette has two large multiple-stemmed inflorescences this year. The display is the best ever.
That is Aloe thraskii in the background; it blooms in early winter.
A pseudorubroviolacea's flowers angle outward when they first appear, but as they develop they curve downwards and inwards when opening.
Aloe aff. camperi flowers are fully open now. It too is putting on a show.
On the front slope, quite a show.
The Grevillea 'Moon Light' and the Aloe are starting to merge.
I am unsure if this is the "normal" bloom time for A. brevifolia. It is producing a flower stem in the garden for the very first time, although it's been here several years. It was always too dry to bloom. Given better conditions, finally, its ready to produce. A finally hurrah from the Aloes.
Amazing what a little care will do.