|Maihuenia poeppigii cluseup|
All cacti seem to have miraculous flowers, but there is something about this pale moonlight shade I find especially pleasing. The genus Maihuenia has been assumed to be closely related to Opuntia, although I understand that recent analysis shows they may be a much more primitive: like Pereskia, but unlike Opuntia, Maihuenia keeps its leaves year around--a charming trait for a cactus! I'm talking true leaves now, not stems (the skinny green lozenges between the spines below)...
|A plant at Sandy's|
For many years I thought this was about as big as these were apt to get in cultivation...then last week I visited Bill Spain, son of John Spain, who wrote a hardy cactus tome...
|Bill Spain with champion Maihuenia|
|Maihuenia poeppigii over 1 meter across!|
Thank you, Bill, for letting us visit--and sharing so many cuttings of this(and a lot of other gems too!)