Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Bloomin' Tuesday

This is a neighbor's plant.
Neither of us knows what it is,
but she was kind enough to share some cuttings with me.



It looks like some kind of succulent or cactus,
but other than that, I have no idea what it's called.



This is the first stage of blooms.
They puff up so much that they look as if they will burst!


Opening to an amazing display of enormous flowers!



They cover almost the entire plant.



Such an odd and interesting specimen.


The blooms only last a day or so,
but they are brilliant.

Please let me know if you can identify
 this garden wonder!


 

17 comments:

  1. Beautiful Stapelia gigantia, Daisy. Love your blog. http://www.google.com/search?q=stapelia&hl=en&prmd=ivns&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=EQHuTbA7hJe3B9-v6LYJ&ved=0CC0QsAQ&biw=1852&bih=990

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  2. Ding, ding, ding! We have a winner, folks! ;0)

    Thank you Rick! I can't wait to share the information with my neighbor!

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  3. You have such beautiful plants.

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  4. What a cool looking bloom! Glad Rick was able to id it for you. :)

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  5. What a cool bloom! I've never seen that before. How nice to have gotten it from a friend. I'm glad to have the ID too.

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  6. So interesting . Glad you posted it.

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  7. Wow, Daisy. That is a very unusual and neat looking plant. It's nice to have such generous neighbors. And, speaking of generous...I received the sunflower seeds you sent to me. Thank you so much! I'm eager to get them into the ground. The daylilies are beginning to set seedpods, so I'll send you some when they ripen. Would you be interested in blue flag iris, too?

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  8. Jane-Aww, thanks!

    perrenialgardener-Yeah, I thought it was really unusual.

    NanaK-Me either!

    Susan-So glad the seeds arrived.
    ;0)
    I think it's safe to say that I never met a plant I didn't like, so send it on! Thanks so much!

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  9. Beautiful, amazing plant and such unusual blooms! Love it! Happy Bloomin' Tuesday! Jean

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  10. What an unusual plant. Thanks for sharing! I am sure many of us will now be running to the nursery to find one. I know I will!

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  11. Jean-Unusual and (I forgot to mention in my post) stinky!

    deborah-Hope you find it! Enjoy!

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  12. Such an interesting plant! That's something you don't see in Philly:@)

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  13. Happier Than a Pig in Mud-Nope, it's mostly a desert kind of plant!

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  14. Stopping by via Jean's BT. Wow! What an amazingly unusual plant! So many transformations. It almost reminds of a starfish when it's in full bloom.

    Thanks for sharing!
    Carla

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  15. Carla-I think its nickname is starfish plant!

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  16. I am an 83 year old plant lover. I grew up calling this a Starfish cactus. It looks like you have the Giant one. I also have the giant, as well as the smaller regular one. I love these plants, I'm glad you enjoy the blooms.

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