Spring Wildflowers #3


I’m reserving this post for one of the great desert wildflowers – the claret cup cactus flower. The claret cup is a hedgehog cactus (Echinocereus triglochidiatus) that has a number of varieties, but all with the same flower. The name of the cactus is a misnomer, as claret is a purplish-red color, named for claret wine. This flower, as can be seen, is red-orange. And, just to add to the confusion, another hedgehog, that blooms later than the claret cup, is a claret color.

Claret cup cactus

Claret cup cactus

Claret cup cactus

Claret cup cactus

About believesteve

I am a photographer and author. I have published a book of photography and accompanying text on running the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The first (print) edition is out of print, but a second edition is available as an iBook (eBook) through the iTunes bookstore. All Grand Canyon, river and nature lovers will enjoy my book: The Grand: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-grand/id672492447?ls=1 I have also published five additional iBooks: 1. The Salt River: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-salt-river/id1244922282?mt=11 2. Coyote Buttes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/coyote-buttes/id1271773201?mt=11 3. Four Cornered, the Land https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/four-cornered/id1384038899?mt=11 4. Four Cornered, The Rivers https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/four-cornered-book-two-the-rivers/id1402287568?mt=11 5. Rio Marañon https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/rio-marañon/id1415174046?mt=11
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