Anticipation began a few days ago when this small barrel cactus produced a surprisingly large bud. On Sunday the bud began to show off a deep red color.
Monday morning it opened revealing a gorgeous dark coral flower with striking proportions.
The color and beauty of this bloom was a surprise since we had just recently planted this one. It was marked simply "cactus" at Walmart.
The color works beautifully with the Hesperaloe parviflora now blooming and the form plays nicely with the Agave Ovatifolia.
By evening the bud had begun to close up
I checked on it Tuesday morning and it had already started its decline. As with most cacti their blooms are short lived. But there are two buds showing so I will be anticipating more blossoms soon.