Saturday, May 22, 2010

I've Been At It Again

Buying new plants, that is. Seriously, I think I'm going to have to go on another plant-purchasing hiatus. My last one was from July 2008 to January 2009. At the time, I agreed with my husband that I wouldn't buy any new plants for six months. Bob loves my plants almost as much as I do, but he was concerned because I seemed a little burned out from taking care of them all. I'm not burned out now, but I think I've reached my limit for the time being, in terms of both space and budget. (By the way, I'm getting a huge sense of déja vu as I write this. Did I actually make such a resolution on this blog before now? If I did, it didn't take, as I've been a plant-buying fool the past few months.)

My cactus buying spree continues. I bought this one a few weeks ago, without ID.

Top and above: Unidentified cactus with huge orange flower. There were three nearly mature buds on this small plant when I bought it, and this was the third and final one to open.

As I've written before, I suffer from cactus blindness. I'm terrible at recognizing cactus by genus, with the exception of the most obvious ones (Mammillaria, Opuntia, and Astrophytum spring to mind.) I'm guessing that this new plant is an Echinopsis of some sort, because of the resemblance of the body of the plant to my Echinopsis chamaecereus (former name, Chamaecereus silvestrii), seen here:

Sulcorebutia arenacea on the left (yellow flowers) and Echinopsis chamaecereus on the right. I do think my new plant resembles the Echinopsis enough to be a relative. (This picture was taken several years ago. The Sulcorebutia blooms yearly, the Echinopsis has only bloomed once more, since.)

I also bought this one, at the same nursery, and it came with a label:

Thelocactus lloydii. It also came with two white flowers that have since dried up.

And then this one, from Home Depot, with of course, no label:

Unidentified cactus. I'm hoping that it'll be easier to ID once the flower buds mature and open. ETA 5/24/10: This is most likely Notocactus uebelmannianus, also known as Parodia werneri

This pretty little succulent was also an unnamed Home Depot purchase, but I'm pretty sure that it is xGraptoveria 'Silver Star'

x Graptoveria 'Silver Star'

And the Bromeliadmania continues, this time combined with succulent love. I just won my first Dyckia on eBay:

Dyckia 'Red Planet'

And because there is more to life among the leaves than succulents or bromeliads, (really!) here is my newest Thai Aglaonema, also won on eBay:

A nice large Aglaonema which the seller referred to as A. 'Pink Carmen,' but which looks like A. 'Dona Carmen' to me.

So here goes: I Karen715, do hereby affirm that I will not purchase another houseplant or succulent until November 22, 2010. (Trades or freebies do not count.)

Let's see if I can do it. If I lapse, I will of course, do the honorable thing and post about it here.

Edited to add 5/24/10: Based on a comment I received, the ID of the above new orange-flowered cactus is something along the lines of a Chamaelobivia/Lobivia/Echinopsis. See comment #8 for more edification/confusion.


Julie said... your post here. I came to the end of my buying of succulents also when out of space and tired.. I still dream of arranging/rearranging them all the time, but I can only do it 6 months out of the is so hot here in south Florida from May-October. I hope you will come over and see my tire gardens with succulents...and I have a lot in my screenroom...mostly common ones...but you have some real gorgeous ones that typically are not available here. I heard Target was closing their garden centers nationwide...I am sick over it. (Not sure if it is even true, so don't take me at my word on this). THey usually have the best ones around here. I really like you unknown succ (# 5 from the top). I will go now and read more of your blog...have a fun Sunday!!!

CactusMcHarris said...


#1 unid cactus is a Chameolobivia (Lobivia), but I don't know the species.

#2 unid is/was a Notocactus/Parodia - it should be mighty purty, as much so perhaps as your Chameolobivia.

The G. 'Silver Star' is a pretty plant. Rosemarie (of GW fame) gave me mine, but it's a lot smaller that yours and has some growing to do.

Those are great plants - I never figured you as a Thelocactus kind of gal, but what do I know?

CactusMcHarris said...


That Notocactus name is slowly, perhaps, coming back to me - I think it may be the wonderfully purple-enflowered N. uebellmannianus (sp?), the specific also the name of another South American genus. That Herr Uebellmannianus - he got around.

If the flower colour is purple (well, one of the shades of the purple spectrum - my colour wheel is sometimes not inflated), it's that cactus.

Gratuitous C&S Corn -

Don't you with that there was also another Pachycormus species? We have had Pachycormus discolor, but I think if there's another one the logical name is P. datcolor.

CactusMcHarris said...

'wish' as in 'Don't you wish....'

Sometimes With It Jeff

Aerelonian said...

That Dyckia is gorgeous. I love how a tiny little cacti can put out a gigantic flower.

Karen715 said...

Julie: I did visit your blog, and I really like your tire gardens. I have the opposite problem, obviously; it is too cold outside for succs outside from mid-October to mid-May here in IL. (Usually. Sometimes I lose half a month or gain half a month on either end.)

The Targets up here have never had garden centers to my knowledge, and stopped carrying indoor plants two or three years ago.

Karen715 said...


Thanks for the IDs; I will update the post accordingly.

It's not so much that I'm a Thelocactus kind of girl, as that I am an encourage-the-nursery-that-puts-labels-in-its-cacti kind of girl. Besides it was flowering at the time, which I find hard to resist.

Datcolor? ::groan::

Karen715 said...

::Takes deep breath::

I just went off to do a little research before I made any changes. I Google Chamaelobivia, and find some plants that resemble my new orange-flowered plant. Then I find claims that Chamaelobivia are crosses between Lobivia and Chamaecereus. As I mentioned in my post, the old plant that was Chamaecereus silvestrii is now called Echinopsis silvestrii and that, at least according to, Lobivia is now also lumped with Echinopsis. Which goes back to my idea that my plant is related to Echinopsis silvestrii. I Google the name Lobivia silvestrii on a lark, and find that it is the same plant as my old Echinopsis silvestrii. ::Exhales::Phew!

So I'm feeling I kind of pleased with myself. Clearly my new plant, whatever its name, is related to my older plant, and I recognized the resemblance. (They both are even commonly called "Peanut Cactus" Maybe I'm just cactus nearsighted.

CactusMcHarris said...


I'm sure you're now quite familiar with the fact that there's a swirling controversy - is it Lobivia, Echinopsis, Trichocereus or Sohrensia? Be thee a splitter or lumper? Declare yourself, Ma'am.

Karen715 said...

Must I? I have sympathies on both sides.

It is clear that as plant science progresses, we are discovering that many plants are more closely related than we might have suspected, and the taxonomy changes accordingly. My head tells me that I must come down on the side of science.

My heart likes the old distinctions, and the old names!

I guess I'm a reluctant lumper.