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 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: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-grand/id672492447?ls=1
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