Category : Cactus and Succulents

Hearts Aplenty

Hearts Aplenty

Love is in the air this month and the ultimate symbol of that is the heart. My engagement ring is a heart and I really love anything heart shaped; stones, beads, vases, etc. It makes sense that I would also love any plant with heart shaped leaves. The topiary above

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The Real Thing

The Real Thing

Aunt Gloria’s Christmas cactus. Most people aren’t aware there is a difference between Christmas cactus and Thanksgiving cactus. I had only seen the latter, until last December.  I saw one at the Winn, MI antique store and then the same week, at my Aunt Gloria’s home. Of course, usually everyone

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February Cactus

February Cactus

What epitomizes February, but the heart shape? And, as a plant nerd, what could be better than a heart shaped plant?  As I strolled through the Matthaei Botanical Garden desert house, I came upon this wonderful heart shaped cactus. I immediately took a ton of pictures. How amazing is this

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Holiday Cactus

Holiday Cactus

               I love this time of year. The holiday season is here, and it’s time for the Thanksgiving cactus to bloom. Some of mine are in bloom, but the Christmas cactus are just budding up. What is the difference? Thanksgiving cactus, or Schlumbergera tuncata, is also called claw cactus, because

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Inherited Cactus

Inherited Cactus

Since Easter has just passed, I thought I’d share a picture of my Easter cactus, which once belonged to my Grandma Eldred. This cactus, Rhipsalidopsis gaertneri, is native to Brazil and is a forest cactus, not a desert one. More familiar to most is the Christmas and Thanksgiving cactus. The

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