Thursday, June 23, 2011

Hibiscus Flower?

No this not a hibiscus flower.  But it sure looks like one.  This pic was taken from the Whiskey Barrel cacti collection at El Presidio in April.  A variety of Opuntia known as the Engelmann Prickly Pear.  This cactus is cool with or without the flower.  I love the long needles and purple hue of the pad.
The Engelmann Prickly Pear taken in April.


  1. wow cactus sometimes amaze me with their flowers! this one is especially beautiful.

  2. Wow! That's a new one for me. The needles are fantastic on that opuntia, but the flower steals the show.
    David/ Tropical Texana/

  3. That is a stunning flower. I wonder how hardy this particular Opuntia is...The eastern prickly pear (Opuntia humifusa)makes a great, problem-free garden plant even here in Michigan.

  4. Not a hibiscus, granted, but a beauty nevertheless.


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