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Friday Flower Fiesta (7/24/20)

Friday Flower Fiesta

In these seemingly dystopian times we’re living in, maybe some flowers will help.

Here’s a selection of flowers from my gardens in March after I put myself into self-isolation on March 14.

Aloe striata
Aloe striata flowers

Eriosyce senilis
Eriosyce senilis flowers

Ferocactus flowers

Euphorbia milii
Euphorbia milii flowers

Sedum flowers

Aloe ‘Grassy Lassie’
Aloe 'Grassy Lassie' flowers

Aloe striata
Aloe striata flowers

Disocactus flagelliformis
Disocactus flagelliformis

Mammillaria flowers

Mammillaria flowers

Euphorbia ferox

Did You Know?—I’m not seeing the similar features

Did you know?

I finally got around to repotting my spiny Euphorbia ferox into a larger pot with similar spines on the side:

Euphorbia ferox

Little itsy bitsy teeny tiny yellow flower buds are popping out all over.

If you’re thinking that you have heard “Euphorbia” before, well it’s possible. Your common Christmas poinsettia is Euphorbia pulcherrima.


The common “crown of thorns” also is a Euphorbia, Euphorbia milii.

Crown of Thorns

The genus Euphorbia is a very large and diverse genus of plants, as shown here. Who would think that the poinsettia was botanically related to those thorny cacti?

According to sources, it’s the result of convergent evolution where independent evolution results in similar features in species of different lineages.


I’m just not seeing the poinsettia’s “similar features” to those two thorny cacti?


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