The world of plants is awesome. Different shapes, sizes and preferences develop in its uniqueness. And one of the most unique is cactus. Covered with thorns, thick-skinned, they thrive in difficult conditions and seem to be rough, but they bloom with most tender and beautiful flowers. Nature teaches us not to judge a book by its cover.
Echinopsis peruviana and its hybrid Orange California
Echinopsis peruviana is a mountain growing cactus native to the western slope of the Andes in Peru. This plant is bluish-green in color; it has white large flowers. It can grow up to 3-6 meters, with stems up to 8 - 18 centimeters in diameter.
Hybrid of Echinopsis peruviana Orange California has a large (about 20 cm in diameter) flowers in shades of orange and pink. Cactus itself grows up to a meter and up to 15 - 20 cm in diameter.
Echinopsis eyriesii is a species of сacti of the genus Echinopsis. The stems are globular, later elongated and almost cylindrical. The height is up to 25 cm with a diameter up to 10-12 cm (2.5 m in nature and 20-30 cm, respectively). Flowers of Echinopsis eyriesii are white and fragrant. Blooms at night.
It has orange and pink flowers that can grow up to 13 cm in diameter. Throat-circle greenish-yellow. The petals are narrow and widely spaced. The stem is about 9 cm in diameter.
Another hybrid of Echinopsis. Cassandra blooms with fragrant, bicolored flowers (purple-red and bright orange with red midrib).
The flower is shaped like a star, reaches up to 15 cm in diameter. Outer petals are longer and wider. The flowers are rich pink in color with darker midribs that are lighter towards the edges.
Flowers are up to 11 cm in diameter, bicolored (orange and pink, with darker pink midribs). This cacti belongs to the summer species, it is not difficult to grow. Water regularly in the summer, water in winter less often. This Echinopsis hybrid needs good drainage and the soil should be porous. Feed the plant during the growth period (summer) with high potassium fertilizer. Keep your cactus in place with a lot of light (move it into a partial shade if the summer is extremely hot).
And this is just one of a hundred of cacti species - unusual and extraordinary "Nature’s fireworks".