Plantidote of the Day 2010-12-24
This is one of my most favorite plants ever. I know I say that about all the plants I post here, but this one is really, really right up at the top of the list. Honest. When this cactus is in full bloom, it's absolutely dazzling, with dozens of bright red flowers all over it.
Unfortunately, this photo is from last year. My cactus seems to have identity issues. It blooms around Easter, and maybe once again in late summer -- never in December. Whatever. The fact that it blooms is enough for me.
The cactus may not know what day it is, but I do. Happy Everything, everyone!! May whatever you celebrate bring you joy and may peace finally come with the New Year!
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