Wonderful flowers Alain, but I really like the spines on this plant. Echinomastus is no easy plant to grow well. It really wants a lot of sun. It you get a chance show the entire plant without the flowers. It's just a ball of pretty spines. On one of my trips to Big Bend National Park I found a cactus I couldn't ID, thought for a moment it might have been a new discovery! Nope. It was Echinomastus warnockii, sitting all alone on top of a gravelly hill. Ever since then, I've always like Echinomastus. The colors of the flower are really beautiful. Thanks as always for sharing with us.
Taking the photos was not planned as I just liked the flowers when I went into the greenhouse. Normally I take some photos when I notice the buds so there are some photos of the plant.Do you go to see cactus in the wild often? I have never been to the USA but a few branch members have been. [Also to S. America and S. Africa ]. Seems to be easier after retirement.
Hi Alain, I have taken eight trips to the American Southwest. I've visited C&S in the states of Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, and Arizona. My favorite place to visit has been Big Bend National Park in Texas. It doesn't have the big columnar cacti like Arizona, but it has a lot of small, interesting cacti. There is a special thrill of look up at a limestone hillside and wondering what you might find, even though many times you don't find a thing. :) However, I still get a thrill out of a great collection of well grown C&S in a greenhouse. It's obvious your collection is very good.
It would probably be easier for me to go to the USA but I would like to visit South Africa.