Crowning glory of cactus flowers

By Malcolm Harrison

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

 

Crowning glory of cactus flowers

Trish Beckett’s flowering cactus.

GARDENING
TRISH Beckett wrote to me several years ago with photos of her cactus and now it is flowering again — beautifully.
Trish keeps it in the shed over winter and puts it out in their garden in Bembridge during the summer and it seems to thrive.
She said: “I was given it by my daughter about 25 years ago when it was really tiny. It really needs re-potting but it will be very difficult now as it’s so heavy and very prickly.”
I reckon it is echinopsis coronata.
It is part of a large genus native to South America, sometimes known as hedgehog cactus, sea-urchin cactus or Easter lily cactus, renowned for the crowning glory of its flowers.
They grow only in situations where the soil is sandy or gravelly, or on the sides of hills in the crevices of rocks, so they are used to restricted root growth.

Reporter: richardw@iwcpmail.co.uk

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